Waterless Urinals

What are they?
Waterless urinals do not use water to maintain cleanliness and freshness. There are various types of urinal that work in different ways.

Advantages / Disadvantages

Significant water savings can be achieved.

Special cleaning processes are required for effective and odour-free operation.

Water efficiency

There can be a significant reduction in water consumption  if all urinals in a building are waterless.

Running costs

Waterless urinals reduce water supply and waste water  bills which will offset any additional maintenance costs.

Retrofit / improvement opportunities

Waterless urinals are straightforward to retrofit.

Applicable buildings

All building types.

Floor plate implications


Occupant comfort

None, provided correct cleaning procedures are followed

Maintenance implications

Specific cleaning procedures are required.  Use of normal urinal cleaning procedures on waterless urinals is a common cause of problems in operation.


Typically depicted with a marketing sticker on the urinal given the innovative nature of these fittings.  Fittings also have a a larger  than usual drain hole and of course have no flush water connection.

Questions to ask

Are waterless urinals fitted in the building?

More information

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