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The U.S. Army goes waterless

July 31, 2009
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army’s Facilities Policy Division and Installation Management Agency now specifies that waterless urinals must be installed in all new construction and major retrofits, according to a press release.
The Army will consider it a best practice to replace existing urinals using more than one gallon of water per flush with waterless systems, the story stated.
Command Sergeant Major John Gaines Jr. said: "The Army Standard for non-water using urinals is hereby approved. This standard is effective for projects or major repairs not yet solicited."
Some of the benefits of upgrading to waterless urinals include: Saving up to 45,000 gallons of water per year; septic loads and water treatment time are reduced; waterless systems require no installation or maintenance costs for flush handles, valves, sensors or water supply piping; and the units are environmentally friendly, the story noted.
The use of waterless urinals is consistent with federal executive water and energy conservation requirements, which played a major role in the military’s decision to adopt waterless urinal systems, the story added.
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