Rice University, TX Installs Waterless Urinals

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Rice University, TX, US

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Type: Policy

Status: Ongoing

Source File: http://sustainability.rice.edu/index.cfm?doc_id=7314


During the fall semester of 2004, Rice University installed two waterless urinals in a first floor restroom of the Anderson Biology Laboratory as part of a broader ongoing research effort to test environmentally preferable technologies and products on campus. A typical waterless urinal is estimated to save 40,000 gallons of water every year. Signs were placed adjacent to the urinals to educate restroom users of the environmental benefits (including water savings) related to waterless urinals. Feedback received indicated an improvement in restroom hygiene and odor due to the waterless urinals, thanks to their hands-free operation and the elimination of flushing-related splashes.

A third waterless urinal was installed during the summer of 2005 in a second floor restroom in the Herman Brown building. A fourth was installed in January 2006 in a first floor restroom of the Abercrombie Engineering Lab. A fifth was added in June 2006 in the restroom of the Facilities Engineering and Planning building.

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