Waterless Urinals Can Reduce Our Reliance on Snowpack
The wait-for-snow strategy won’t cut it much longer for Californians hoping to have water in 2018. Water demand will be great, shortages should be expected, and watching for snow isn’t a proactive solution.
Nowhere is the measurement of snow more important than the drought-prone state of California. It is a crucial indication of the water that will be supplied and shared between cities, agricultural areas, rivers, lakes and reservoirs.
California has been locked in a prolonged drought with significant impact felt in the Sierra Nevadas. As officials hiked the Sierra Nevada in early January to take their annual measurements and begin forecasting the water supply, the result at the top was quite grim; the snow measurement was just over one (1) inch, translating to a “snow water” measurement of just 0.4 inches. Some areas incurred a snowpack of just 3 percent of normal, while the entire Sierra saw 24 percent of the historical average. In an article written by AccuWeather’s Jesse Ferrell, you can see just how different the top of the Sierra Nevada looks compared to last year.
This measurement, termed “snowpack,” is taken from strategic locations atop of the majestic Sierra Nevadas. This mountain range, on the border with Nevada, historically generates enough annual snowmelt / runoff to supply ⅓ of the potable water demand for Californians
While there are still winter months ahead, it is important to note that it was just three years ago when California Governor Jerry Brown stood on an eerily similar brown patch of grass at the top of the Sierra Nevada and declared a drought emergency, leading to statewide mandatory cutbacks on water usage.
Waiting for snow isn’t enough. A better water conservation strategy needs to be in place. Water conservation efforts need to improve year on year. Proactive decisions need to be taken by Californians who have the power to effect solutions.
Be Proactive, not reactive. Go Waterless
There are many areas to cut down on water usage, but more can definitely be done in the restroom. If you have the power to make changes to a restroom, then you should consider the following.
Waterless urinals make sense for non-residential buildings. With employees working five-day weeks and using the facilities up to three times a day, a single employee could flush a urinal 780 times a year. Multiply this by the number of employees in your office and you have yourself a water wasteland. Flush urinals are wasteful, costly, and 20th century relics.
Waterless urinals are needed for a sustainable future. They have already made their way into airports, arenas, aquariums, hotels, schools, stadiums, and other attractions across the US. Arizona even passed a bill making waterless urinals mandatory in all its state buildings. Whether your restroom has 1 user or 20, only waterless can truly save.