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Tips for installing water-free urinals

May 31, 2012

VISTA, CA — While the data is well-established that no-water urinal systems can reduce maintenance costs and water consumption along with related energy costs to deliver water, facility managers thinking about installing non-water urinals should first consider a few things, according to a press release.

"While I would like to recommend waterless urinals for every facility, some due diligence is necessary to ensure they are successfully installed, especially an existing building," said Klaus Reichardt, chief executive officer (CEO) and founder of Waterless Company Inc.

For instance, most new buildings have approved ABS or PVC drain pipes or something similar, which work well with waterless urinals, however, some older buildings may have pipes made of copper or copper alloy, which is a softer material and prone to channeling (the line can come apart), the release stated.

According to the release, Reichardt also recommends investigating the following before installing waterless urinals:

• The system complies with all standards and building codes
• The no-water urinal can be installed like a conventional flush urinal to the drain line without special adaptors, reducing installation costs
• The existing drain line has appropriate pitch and drain material.

Click here to read the complete release.