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Survey reveals what facilities managers think of waterless urinal systems
A survey conducted in late October 2011 asked US facilities managers a variety of questions regarding no-water or waterless urinal systems. Most respondents manage office buildings, while the others are responsible for universities and colleges.
The majority of the respondents (57%) indicated they have 10 or fewer no-water urinal systems; this was followed by managers with 10 to 50 systems (29%), while 14% responded that they have more than 100 waterless systems installed in their facilities.**
Their key reasons for installing waterless urinal systems were the following:
* Saving water and costs: 57%
* Wishing to "test the system": 15%
* Trying to improve restroom hygiene: 14%
* Reducing restroom maintenance time and related costs: 14%
Although in recent years, some facilities managers have complained that no-water urinals cause odour problems; this was not borne out by the survey.
Some 43% indicated they have "no odour problems" with the waterless urinals; 42% said that any odour problems they experience are "no more than" those encountered with traditional urinals; 14% indicated they do have odour problems with the no-water systems.
"One of the things we were glad to see was that the overwhelming majority indicated that their custodial workers were taught how to clean and maintain the waterless systems," says Klaus Reinhardt, founder and President of Waterless Co.
"Although it is not much different than cleaning traditional urinal systems, training is essential to ensure the systems work properly."
Finally, the respondents were asked to rate their overall experience with no-water urinals. A quarter of those surveyed indicated their overall experiences with no-water urinals had been less than satisfactory.
However, approximately 30% indicated that their experiences were "satisfactory to good," and 43% took this a step further, indicating their experiences with waterless urinal systems had been "good to excellent."
Respondents were not asked what company made their no-water urinals so it is assumed they were manufactured by different manufacturers.All percentages are rounded up, an d totals may not equal 100%.
15th December 2011