If someone tells you there's no water in the public urinal, you would most likely say, “So what else is new?” However, what is indeed new are the water-free urinals installed at the Kempe Gowda Museum at Mayo Hall here.

These urinals, guaranteed to be odour-free, have been installed by NEO Systek and developed by Falcon Water Free Technology, an American firm.

Water savers

Goutam Surana, Managing Director of NEO Systek, said the urinals, made of a combination of non-stick and non-porous materials, have a cartridge shaped to act as a funnel which collects the uric sediment, making for an odour-free environment, clean pipes and zero water requirement. “The user does not have to flush a precious resource (water) down the drain. The system is hygienic and the pots are stain-free,” he said, and pointed out that 60 to 70 per cent of water used in commercial places such as corporate buildings and educational institutions is used for flushing. If used in such places, each urinal could save up to 1.51 lakh litres of water per year.

“Urine is acidic in nature. When mixed with water, ammoniacal gas is released and this gives out a bad odour. It is time people take efforts to conserve water. There is poor awareness about unnecessary wastage of water used for sanitary purposes,” Mr. Surana said.

NEO Systek has installed water-free urinals at the Taj Mahal in Agra, Delhi Metro stations and public toilets in Delhi.