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Researchers from Yangzhou University in China found that flushing urinals can release clouds of virus-containing aerosols that you can potentially inhale, a significant concern during this COVID-19 pandemic. The group recently reported similar findings with flushing public toilets and decided to examine urinals.

  • In the midst of the global pandemic, waterless urinals could play an important role in helping to prevent the spread of infections such as COVID-19
  • A study commissioned by a sustainable hygiene solutions has proven reduced aerosol bacterial transmission with waterless urinals by as much as 98%
  • Every converted urinal saves approximately 100,000 litres of water annually, saving important resources and reducing carbon footprint
  • Significant financial savings also available to businesses switching to waterless
  • The unique patented valve system allows urine to drain into the sewage system without any odour release and Smarti’s enzyme based pipe-pod technology helps break down all uric acid and potential calcium deposits, ensuring pipes remain blockage free.
“Scientists have found that flushing a toilet can generate a plume of virus-containing aerosol particles that is widespread and can linger in the air long enough to be inhaled by others.”

“The study found that the tiny droplets can float in the air for more than a minute.”

“And depending on the number of inlets in the toilet, researchers found that flushing can force anywhere from 40% to 60% of aerosol particles into the air above the toilet seat.”
Scientists say flushing a toilet can generate a cloud of aerosol droplets that rises nearly three feet. Those droplets may linger in the air long enough to be inhaled by a shared toilet’s next user, or land on surfaces in the bathroom.

Depending on the number of inlets in the toilet, flushing can force anywhere from 40 to 60 percent of the produced aerosols high above the seat.
“As water pours into the toilet bowl during a flush, it strikes the side, creating turbulence and droplets. The droplets are so small they typically float in the air for more than a minute”

according to study author Ji-Xiang Wang and colleagues from Yangzhou University, China.

The global water free urinals market size was valued at USD 280.4 million in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.2% from 2020 to 2027. Increasing awareness pertaining to the conservation of water and growing adoption of ‘Green Building’ standards are projected to fuel the market growth over the forecast period.

“By 2050, the amount of water available could be reduced by 10-15%, with some rivers seeing 50%-80% less water during the summer months. It will mean higher drought risk, caused by the hotter drier summers and less predictable rainfall.”

“At present the average person in the UK uses 140 litres a day. Waterwise estimate that it’s possible to get that down to 100 litres a day or less in the next couple of decades.”

Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency

Dr Heather Smith of Cranfield Water Science Institute, Cranfield University added:

“Behaviour change is a vital part of the equation to help address looming water scarcity, but it doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time for new behaviours to become embedded as new habits, and that process often requires support and reinforcement from a lot of different sources.”

“We need water wastage to be as socially unacceptable as blowing smoke in the face of a baby or throwing your plastic bags into the sea.”

“We need everyone to take responsibility for their own water usage.”

Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency

"I AM PLEASED TO SAY THE WATERLESS URINALS HAVE BEEN A HUGE SUCCESS, SO MUCH SO THAT WE ARE NOW LOOKING TO ROLL THEM OUT ACROSS OTHER SITES WITHIN THE TRUST.  WE HAVEN’T HAD ANY COMPLAINTS AND ARE THANKFUL FOR THE ADDED INFECTION CONTROL OFFERED BY THE SMARTI WATERLESS SOLUTION, ESPECIALLY AT THIS TIME!  THE URINALS ARE CLEANER AND WE’VE SEEN SAVINGS ON BOTH WATER AND URINAL RELATED PLUMBING COSTS."

SAM WILLITTS. HEAD OF SUSTAINABILITY. UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS BRISTOL AND WESTON. NHS FOUNDATION

“WE’VE HAD THE SMARTI SYSTEM INSTALLED FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS NOW. AS WELL AS THE WATER SAVINGS YOU’D EXPECT, THE SMARTI TEAM KEEP THINGS RUNNING SMOOTHLY THANKS TO THEIR QUARTERLY VISITS AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN RESPONSIVE TO OUR NEEDS. WE REMAIN MORE THAN HAPPY WITH THE CHOICE WE MADE.”

GAVIN KYTE, TRELLEBORG SEALING SOLUTIONS

“WE’VE HAD THE SMARTI SYSTEM INSTALLED FOR OVER 3YRS IN THE COLLEGE. WE CHOSE SMARTI BASED ON PRICE, SERVICE AND THE OVERALL QUALITY OF THEIR PRODUCT.  I’M HAPPY TO SAY THEY CONTINUE TO EXCEL IN ALL THREE AREAS.”

TONY MILLARD, SANDWELL COLLEGE

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