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Walking on Water
By: Klaus Reichardt

Over the past couple of decades, societies around the globe have become aware of all water resources becoming more and more strained if not already depleted. Human influence, industrial use, environmental changes, and water access restrictions, to name a few, have played a role in the reduced availability of clean and potable water.

The movie Dune in the early 80s played out a very dire scenario. Yet this scenario is somewhat of the endgame, as humanity can live without electricity and many other modern society advances, but, as often stated, we can not live without water. So it is simple a matter of time before major parts of the world become waterless.

However, there is a waterless we all can live with: a waterless urinal fixture. I am talking about the urinal encountered by males in every office building, school, retail outlets, restaurants, stadium etc. Sorry, ladies, no urinals workable designed yet for your use!

Traditionally urinals, like toilets, are flushed and, in most cases around the world, with about 1-3 gallons per flush. Interestingly enough, water was only used as a means of transportation, to evacuate the urinal trap of its water and urine content.

On top, a urinal is used on average 2-3 times more often than a toilet. So going completely waterless is not only an option but a hugely viable way to save potable water and, in addition, save on costly effluent charges and reduce maintenance.

Faith facilities experience often very low traffic during the week, then very heavy traffic during the end of the week. This too requires different scheduling than a permanently busy building. In addition, experienced weekend problems with fixtures can often not be repaired quickly or at least are costly. Installing water efficient fixtures, waterless urinals, and water-conscious landscaping does reduce resource use, costs, and maintenance.

The water resources we so simply use and often dismiss as plentiful have actually made us "tread on water" as if stomping it into the ground. Water is life and we so precariously need to preserve it.

Klaus Reichardt is president and chief executive officer of Waterless Co. Inc., www.waterless.com.

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