Monday, April 24, 2006

The Last Word on Waterless Urinals

I promise that this will be the last thing I write about waterless urinals, but I couldn't resist after my colleague Al Heavens returned from the Kitchen and Bath Show in Chicago bearing the new Kohler catalogue, featuring a sleek new design for a waterless urinal. After listening to the Plumbers Union gripe that the devices are untested and dangerous, it's amusing to see Kohler giving this quotidian bathroom fixture the soft-lighting and high-design treatment. How mainstream is that? No avant-garde artists are pictured in the brochure, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time. I wonder if the offices of Local 690 are on Kohler's mailing list?

4 Comments:

Blogger Anthony said...

Inga, please don't make this the last thing you say about water-less urinals!! I scour the paper and this blog looking for updates on the Comcast Towers development, and I am intensely interested in this strange debate that has taken place, as well as the status of the Tower. Thank you for your coverage of this issue...

7:56 PM  
Blogger rasphila said...

I agree.

7:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its a lovely piece of porcelain, but how do you do a swirly now?

Lets hope the unions dont confuse the high style for a slot machine!

I agree, hiatus for now, but keep the articles flowing and the urinals waterless!

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get it, what’s everybody smoking? First let’s call it what it really is, it’s not a vegetable oil that you mix in your salad! This waterless urinal cartridge contains a Blue “Liquid Chemical Seal” with a specific gravity lighter than water, so it floats. It was intended to suppress odor and it works, providing you change it every month or the stench is unbearable. I know because our custodian was dump enough to have six of them installed at our facility. The reason the cartridge needs to be replaced is because in Fluids Dynamics ,fluids don’t compress. When you introduce a continuous stream of urine into a small cartridge, the chemical sealant becomes turbulent and mixes with the urinal while expanding rapidly. It has no ware to go but down the drain and eventually collects at the water reclamation center. This is the reason for constantly changing those cartridges. The company said the Liquid Chemical Sealant, is Bio-Degradable, it’s a misnomer! It’s only Bio-degradable after a major undertaking to remove it from the holding tanks because it floats. It needs to be physically removed and truck away into approve hazard containers to Bio-degrade. In a major rain fall the water reclamation center can’t process the additional fluids, so the Liquid Chemical Sealant gets dump into the ocean or our waterways, causing a Dead Zone. The other issue is the plastic cartridge, its marked recyclable. The used cartridges are pilling up by the hundreds at our land fill, who in the right mind would pick up one of those stinking and bacteria infested cartridge to recycle .10 cents worth of plastic? And you’re telling me this is good for the environment?....Wake up and think again!

1:44 AM  

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