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Questions to ask before installing a waterless urinal

October 28, 2009
VISTA, CA — With the growing interest in waterless urinal systems, facilities considering a no-water system need to make sure they know the basics about this technology; below are some questions courtesy of Waterless Company Inc. to ask before making a waterless urinal selection, according to a press release.
Q: How much water can we expect to save with a waterless system?
A: Studies by the state of Massachusetts found that in a workplace with 1,000 males, waterless urinals would save approximately 1.6 million gallons of water annually; typically, there is an annual savings of 20,000 to 45,000 gallons per urinal, the release stated.
Q: How much do waterless urinals cost?
A: List prices range from about $200 to more than $500 and building owners and managers should be aware of the list pricing so as not to get overcharged for the fixtures, the release noted.
Q: Will we experience malodors with no-water urinals?
A: The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) conducted a study to determine if odor problems differed between waterless and traditional urinals and the researchers found there was little or no difference, the release added.
According to the release, the technology for most systems is similar; however, the cylinder or trap systems vary considerably in life span and cost: Some last only a couple of months and may be the most expensive while others last several months and cost very little.
To read the state of Massachusetts'' report and evaluation of waterless urinals, click here.
Click here to read the complete release.
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