Cubes solve leaking water dilemma

THE average urinal flushes 151,000 litres of water every year, Desert Ecosystems have developed a urinal cube that can save 98 per cent of that water.

“It's a pretty simple concept,” the national business development manager for Desert Ecosystems Chris Donaldson said in Coffs Harbour this week.

The Desert Cubes use microbial technology to turn existing facilities into a touch-free waterless urinal.

All you have to do is place the cube in base of the urinal and turn the water off. The cube's use good bacteria to kill the bad bacterium that creates the smell, and they break down the organic matter.

Water is used in the urinal once a day then, for cleaning at the end of the day.

In an office with around 20 males, approximately 240 litres of water would be used per day. The desert cubes would mean that only 16 litres of water a day is used.

“It is a minimal amount of water,” Mr Donaldson said. “We're all about saving water.”

Desert Cubes are being brought to Coffs Harbour by new Mullaway resident Roger Robertson. Mr Robertson moved the Coffs Coast from Adelaide looking for a sea change, although he was shocked to find flushing urinals around the town.

“In Adelaide, they (urinals) were all waterless,” Mr Robertson said.

“It's just a great way of saving water.”

The cubes also reduce the chemicals being used when cleaning the amenities. For more information visit www.desert.com.au .

Did you know it takes:

  • Four litres of water to produce a bottle of beer?.
  • 5000 litres to create one kilo of rice.
  • 41,500 litres of water to produce a kilo of meat.
  • 500 litres to produce one orange.


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