Green technology is everywhere! Even, apparently, in urinals. That is, at least in these EcoVantage Pint Urinals from Zurn, which the company recently announced.
While it isn't exactly designed for in-the-home use, Zurn said its eco-friendly urinals use only one pint of water per flush, compared to one gallon or more per flush in most typical urinals. The company said this results in an average savings of up to 30,000 gallons of water per urinal, per year. I guess we guys flush a lot. My solution to this problem has always been to not flush but...whatever.
Already urinals used far less water than traditional toilets, part of the reason we see them so frequently. But these new units dramatically increase the savings.
However, it isn't exactly clear how this urinal saves water. Company literature suggests a "flushometer" valve is operated by an infrared "convergence-type" proximity sensor with smart technology. The valve has an internal flow regulator to "maintain constant flow rates independent of line pressures." Holy crap! Apparently urinals are a lot more complicated than they seem.
Anyhow, I hope I see these at my local drinkery soon, but judging by the fact that the current urinals seem to have been there since 1902, I somehow doubt it.
The launch of the new urinal is accompanied by a promotional website "StandUpForTheEarth.org," which I have to say is pretty fantastic. So remember guys...piss standing up, it's for your manhood, and your planet.
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