“Is the world ready for waterless urinals?” This was a question asked a few years back when patented technologies for water-saving urinals were not invented yet.
Gladly, this time, there are several technologies that make bathrooms more water-efficient with the advent of unique kinds of urinals and toilet bowls. These fixtures are so efficient that they use less than half to zero amount of water as compared to those utilized by ordinary urinals and toilet bowls.
You may have a lot of questions about these magical-sounding bathroom fixtures that do not use water to eliminate wastes, so let us tell you about the interesting facts you want to know about waterless urinals and water-saving toilet bowls.
How do they Work?
Glad you asked. One misconception is that because there is no water involved, these urinals and toilets are not hygienic to use. That’s the first myth that enters our minds when we think about waterless urinals. But in fact, they are not less safe than the common ones. At this point, it will be relevant to know how these advanced fixtures work.
Instead of water, these urinals use liquid sealers that trap urine under the urinal. These sealers are less dense than water or urine so the latter will surely be blocked from going back to the urinal. This sealer also traps the odor because the urine cannot rise above it making it impossible for any gas from the urine to pass through.
Once urine is trapped, it overflows to a pipe that carries it to the sewers. The design of these urinals differs from the ordinary ones as well because they rely on gravity to pull the urine down. Therefore, these urinals are positioned upward and are usually thicker to contain the pipes, liquid sealers, and tube where urine is trapped. Finally, these urinals don’t have and don’t need flush valves because of its unique mechanism in pulling urine down.
Water-saving Toilet Bowls
Water-efficient toilet bowls, on the other hand, come in different designs and styles. But we’re not going to elaborate on each construction. Basically, these eco-friendly bathroom fixtures are designed with flush buttons that allow users to control the amount of water released by these toilet bowls. Some are designed with dual-flush buttons, one of which releases low amount of water for liquid wastes, while the other, a slightly bigger amount to eliminate solid wastes. This is one of the most used water-saving toilet bowl because it is relatively cheaper. This is your best option if you are considering replacement of toilet bowl to update your bathroom.
Other types of water-efficient toilet bowls utilize pressurized air in place of normal water flow to create great impact with every flush. An ordinary toilet bowl would use more gallons of water to flush solid wastes clean, while this type uses less water and more pressure to really dump the waste down. This type of toilet bowl, however, is more expensive than the other types.