If you have ever seen the different models of water saving toilets or urinals, you are not shocked by their appearance. Most tend to look identical to the traditional units. In fact, the design is similar to what manufacturers have and will continue to offer – at least in terms of waterless urinals. Yet, in some very important ways, waterless urinals are quite different from their counterparts. Below, you will find a list of the basic components that make up a water saving urinal most commonly found in various large commercial or business offices or ventures
Basic Parts of a Waterless Urinal
The basic design of a waterless urinal consists of a bowl attached to a stand in an area of a public washroom. It does not have a flush button or lever. This is not unusual because many urinals flush themselves at regular times to ensure the drains are clean. Where a waterless unit differs is in the actual technology that makes it water-free. This clearly differentiates it from the traditional models.
The basic parts of a waterless toilet or urinal are as follows:
Bowl: Usually of porcelain or vitreous china
Drain Trap: The drain is where the urine disappears down. It falls first through the base where a trap of some type lies. The trap contains or consists of some device to slow down the passage of urine and filter it
Cartridge: A disposable cartridge filled with sealant (or a diaphragm or check valve) fits into the urinal base. It filters the urine. Cartridges are easy to place in and remove.
Liquid Sealant: This is an alternative to using a cartridge. It may be incorporated in what is referred to as an integrated drain trap. This oil-based material – often vegetable oil, is poured into the trap hole. It positions itself naturally there to filter the urine and pass it on to the reservoir bowl
Reservoir Bowl: The reservoir is where the urine build up before exiting when it reaches a certain level
Waste Pipe: this pipe, situated in the middle of the reservoir, carries the urine out and into the waste system for disposal at the designated site
Water saving toilets of this nature may work using either the cartridge or a low-specific-gravity sealant to remove the wastewater from the urinal into the waste water system. Current models are improved variations. They have added such things as internal baffles. The latest waterless urinals have less surface are for sealant application. In both instances, this helps improve efficiency and minimizes the loss of sealant without sacrificing the ability to remove urine and odors effectively.
Water Saving Toilets and Urinals
Companies that want to save money while doing something good for the environment can install water saving toilets and urinals. Today’s versions, while resembling traditional toilets, offer greater water efficiency and more savings. In future, companies may be able to provide their female employees with water saving toilets that are as waterless as those they offer the men.