Ask the Building Maintenance Experts
Solutions for Your Toughest Problems

ICAN  Q & A  Home

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


What information do you have on the pros and cons of waterless toilets and urnials? Thanks.


The use of waterless urinals is becoming quite widespread in green buildings as they have the ability to conserve thousands of gallons of water per urinal each year. I haven't seen any waterless toilets yet. The urinals seem to work well when properly serviced. However, there are however some things to keep in mind. First, waterless urinals still need to be cleaned, so there is no labor savings in their use. Second, the chemical cartridge used to keep odors from coming into the restroom are expensive and add up quickly in high use areas. If the cartridge is not replaced when needed the urinals will begin to smell. Make sure you allow for cost of replacement cartridges in your supply budget.
Stephen P. Ashkin, President
The Ashkin Group, LLC
P- 812-332-7950,