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Waterless urinal red tape

Wired Magazine had an interesting article last month about the bureaucratic nightmare of getting waterless urinals into buildings around the country. Seems like the debate comes down more to plumbers losing business and janitors not wanting to clean them than if they work properly. Its an interesting read for both the technology and the familiar issues of special interests getting in the way of common sense.

Pissing Match: Is the World Ready for the Waterless Urinal?

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Matt Kastner

Matt Kastner is an Investment Real Estate Consultant at St. Louis Real Estate Society in St. Louis, Missouri. He is also develops properties on the side through Threshold Properties. When he isn’t representing investors in the purchase or sale of multifamily properties, rehabs, foreclosures and other income producing properties, he is often taking on rehab projects himself. He lives in South St. Louis and has been in the real estate business since 2004.

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2 thoughts on “Waterless urinal red tape”

  • Brian S.

    July 19, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    I read that article a few weeks ago. I was kind of surprised that he didn’t adapt it to incorporate water in some fashion so that the urinal wouldn’t be totally waterless, but would still save significantly more water than a conventional urinal. It would seem everyone would be happy that way.

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    • Matt Kastner

      July 19, 2010 at 4:03 pm

      Agreed. I was reading through the comments on the Wired site and one of the commentators mentioned that sense the plumbing code still required water pipes to be run to the urinals, they could make some sort of “janitor key” on the urinal so the janitors could use water to clean them every so often. It wouldn’t flush every time that way, but it would help keep the pipes clean.

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