Save Money With A Water-Saving Public Restroom For Your Business

Posted on: 26 August 2015

The cost of public restrooms in a business is high. If a business has 200 male customers per day, that is approximately 18,200 toilet flushes per year. The same amount of males could equal over 127,000 urinal flushes per year. Only 50 female customers per day could equal over 36,000 toilet flushes per year. This isn't counting employees, who would need to use the restroom two to four times during an eight hour work shift. So how can a business lower their water usage? Installing a water-saving restroom can save thousands on water usage. Here are some fixtures you can have installed in your restroom.

Waterless toilets

Around 20% of the world's drinking water is flushed down the toilet. That could provide water to people who don't have clean water to drink. It seems like such a waste to flush it down the drain. Not only can having a waterless toilet save you money, it can save water in areas that are prone to droughts in the summertime. The only issue with waterless toilets is that the waste is dropped into a compost bin, which has to be removed. Your company will have to hire someone to come remove the waste; however, it's worth it if that costs less than the yearly water usage.

Low-flow toilets

Low-flow toilets are another option to save water and money. Toilets are made to have the water rush the waste out of the tank and then refill once they're empty. A low-flow toilet is modified so less water will still properly push the waste down the drain.

One modification includes a larger flush valve, which allows the water to move harder and faster. The hole in the bowl that the waste exits through is also in the center of the bowl instead of being set toward the back. The water in a low-flow toilet sits toward the font instead of being evenly dispersed throughout. This gives the water more weight and momentum to flush the waste.

Current, standard toilets use about 1.6 gallons per flush. If you have a restroom that hasn't been remodeled in years, you could be using even more. Older toilets use anywhere from three to six gallons per flush. A low-flow toilet  uses 20% less water than an average 1.6 gallon toilet.

The average cost of water is about $2 per 1000 gallons. If your business has about 100,000 flushes per year, that is $320 just in toilet flushes with a standard toilet. If you have old, six gallon toilets, you are spending a whopping $1200 to allow people to flush the toilet. With a low-flow toilet, that cost will be cut down to about $256 per year.

Waterless urinals

Waterless urinals are not like the waterless toilet. There is no compost bin to deal with after the fact. Waterless urinals are just like regular urinals, except they drain by gravity instead of by flushing. They connect to the conventional plumbing system, so your business can have all the benefits with no hassle. Once you buy the urinals, they won't cost you anything to use. That's saving water and money for every male that only needs to urinate.

Motion sensor sinks

Businesses usually have motion sensor faucets, timed faucets, or traditional ones with knobs or a handle. The ones with knobs or a handle gives customers the potential to leave the sink on when they are finished. If a customer forgets to turn off the sink, it could stay running for hours. The timed ones work to save money as well. These are ones that you push down on and the water comes out for a specific amount of time. However, if the timing isn't long enough, it frustrates customers, and if it's too long, you're still wasting some water.

Motion sensor sinks only use water while hands are under them. With sinks people have to turn on, people are touching the knob before their hands are clean, leaving their germs behind. They turn it off, and pick those germs back up. Since the motion sensor sinks turn on automatically, no one has to touch anything and no water is wasted.

Remodeling your restroom to turn it into a water-saving facility will save your business water and save you money. The public will also respect you for making your business more green. For more information and help with the project, you may want to contact an industrial plumbing company.