Water Conservation? Sloan Waterless Urinal

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Sloan Waterless Urinals: How It Works

I had lunch at a local restaurant the other day, the Metro Cafe in Culver City, and apparently didn’t realize that they had made some commitments to the environment. Seems a worthwhile mission for any restaurant to take up as part of their operating procedures, given the processes that any restaurant by necessity has to repeat over an over every day. Napkins and paper use, electricity, water use, choosing organic food supply and more.

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So when I went to use the restroom, I noticed they had installed “waterless” urinals, made by a company called Sloan. I got curious and did some research. Here’s how they work: There is a cartridge that Sloan places in the bottom of the urinal, the trap of which is then filled with only a half-liter of water before it is sealed. The cartridge does all the work of the urinal: directs flow, prevent odors from escaping, collects sediment and allows safe passage of waste down the drain. Each cartridge allows for 7,000 uses per day.

About Sloan Waterfree Urinals

Like any eco-conscious plumbing company, Sloan Valve Company has added new touchless, Waterfree Urinals to its line of conservation solutions. Ideally, this will benefit architects, engineers, contractors and building owners who are looking achieve water conservation goal while incorporating products that emanate from a single manufacturing source.

Sloan Waterless Urinals: Company Mission Statement

According to Jim Allen, who is Sloan’s Water Conservation Manager, “Sloan is committed to use the next 100 years of our industry leadership to transform water use in this country and around the world. We begin this effort focused on those same fundamentals that lead Sloan to our first 100 years of success: revolutionary designs, an uncompromising commitment to quality, and a devotion to serving our customers.”

Sloan Valve Company is the world’s leading manufacturer of water-conserving plumbing systems and has been in operation since 1906. They are headquartered in Franklin Park, Illinois, and manufacture plumbing products for industrial, commercial, and institutional markets the world over.

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Find out more about Sloan Waterless Urinals now.

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  1. As a graduate of Georgia Tech I do not appreciate the bee decal in the urinal. Although it is not a yellow jacket it is close enough to be offensive, especially in the state of Georgia. Why was this image selected?

  2. It’s clearly a target, and I too wonder why they chose a bee. Perhaps it’s an “anxiety” causing image that would facilitate people to hit that spot and try to drown the poor thing, all the while hitting the sweet spot of the urinal and causing minimal splash back (a common complaint with this type of toilet). Interesting, yes, but offensive? This metro station is in California – does GT have a rival on the west coast?

  3. from a different forum –

    I read of a similar device used in chamberpots and turn-of-the-last-century urinals. The only difference was they had a tiny bee rather than a fly painted on them. Such bees were known as ‘aiming bees.’ They were occasionally referred to as ‘apis’ (pronounced in the French manner). You may draw your own conclusions.

    Posted by Xtine in Sunny Subtropical Sarcastic Detroit, MI on Sat Sep 24, 2005 at 09:34 PM

    Interesting stuff.

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