“What the Pandemic Has Taught Us About Restrooms”
December 1, 2020 – Vista, CA – Waterless Co., Inc., the oldest and one of the largest manufacturers of no-water urinals in North America published a White Paper today, highlighting the impact the coronavirus will have on restroom design in the coming years.
The White Paper, “What the Pandemic Has Taught Us About Restrooms,” outlines current public restroom design and fixture issues and why they may need to be changed to protect public health.
For instance, in August 2020, a major U.S. news outlet reported that “flushing urinals can release clouds of virus-containing aerosols that [pose] a significant concern during the COVID-19 pandemic.” 1
This is based on a study published by researchers at China’s Yangzhou University, which reported that “more than 57 percent of these [aerosols] can travel from the urinal… and can reach a man’s thigh in 5.5 seconds.”
According to Klaus Reichardt, CEO and Founder of Waterless Co., Inc, these “virus-containing aerosols” are called “plume” and are typically associated with toilets.
“However, now we know flush urinals can also release this dangerous plume. To address this, more low flow or more likely, no-water urinals will likely be installed in coming years. These help minimize or eliminate urinal plume.”
The White Paper also discusses other items in public restrooms that may need to be changed or eliminated in coming years due to COVID:
- Electric hand dryers because they may be releasing germs and bacteria into the air when used.
- Improving traffic flow by having separate entries and exits.
- Placing double-sided sink counters in the center of restrooms to minimize congestion and improve social distancing
- Selecting cartridge soap dispensers to ensure hand soap is not contaminated
- Placing more handwashing messaging in public restrooms.
“This last point is more important than we may realize,” adds Reichardt. “An April 2020 report by the BBC found that restroom users are more motivated to wash their hands when they see restroom posters reminding them to do so.”
The White Paper is available now for download.
Key segments will also be placed on LinkedIn over the coming weeks.
Waterless Co. Inc. has established a well-respected reputation as being an innovative manufacturer of no-water urinal systems. Based in Vista, Ca, the company was started in 1991 and is the oldest manufacturer of waterless urinals in North America. The company’ manufacturers a full line of Waterless No-Flush urinals, cleaning liquids, and cost saving restroom accessories. For more info, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: www.waterless.com
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