Are Waterless Urinals Good?

Waterless urinals are an ideal option to add in public and house bathrooms because of the no-flushing design. This feature makes this sanitary plumbing fixture famous in green building codes.

Are Waterless Urinals Good? Waterless urinals are good because they are durable, cause less clogging, save a lot of water, are hygienic, odor-free, environmentally friendly, and available in a variety of materials and colors. You can install and clean them easily in high-traffic areas because they take up less space, and more people can use them.

You can consider installing this plumbing fixture in the restroom if you are renovating this place, and you can convert the conventional urinals to waterless due to the following features.


They are much more durable than traditional flushing urinals because of fewer mineral deposits on the bowl and inside other components.

Mineral acids in urine and water can cause its surface to turn yellow or rust accumulation around the rim.

This can affect its durability, as the performance of the waterless urinal fails if you add water inside the bowl.

The cartridge and the liquid sealant can last 4-6 months, depending on the usage and the material quality. The cartridge can last longer if you take proper care of its parts and clean it once a day.

Less clogging

Conventional urinals do not have a cartridge or liquid sealant that prevents foreign particles from entering the drain pipes.

As a result, the dust and debris can clog the drains, which causes flooding in the restroom or block the urine in the bowl.

When combined in the drain, the water and urine can cause encrustation inside the drain pipes, which can cause clogging.

The risk of clogging and flooding in the sewage pipes is less if you have a waterless urinal in the bathroom.

The cartridge can block the cigarette, chewing gum, hair, and other particles from entering the drain pipes.

Their plumbing system does not have P-traps or U-traps, which also causes them less prone to clogging and blockage in the drains.

Save water

They can save thousands of gallons of water from flushing the urine into the sewage lines compared to conventional urinals, which consume a lot of water annually.

You can save 2-5 gallons of water per flush and 30,000-40,000 gallons annually. The water usage depends on its type and the number of urinals in this place.

Research showed that billions of water gallons are used in flushing toilets and urinals, which can cause a decrease in the water resources for future projects. I saved a lot of water after installing this fixture.


They are more sanitary than traditional urinals because they do not have levers and handles for flushing.

The chances of germs spreading decrease as you do not have to press the buttons or levers with dirty hands.

The flushing also causes urine and water to splash on the floor and in the air, contaminating the air with germs and bacteria.

Moreover, it is easy to clean and maintain, and you can use a disinfectant to kill the bacteria inside the bowl and around the rim sides.


I like to use these because they are odor-free.

The liquid sealant inside the bowl has disinfecting chemicals that prevent the odor-causing mold and bacteria from growing in the urinal.

The ammonia and mineral deposits in the drains and the urine splashes on the sides of the urinal cause a foul smell inside the plumbing fixture. 

Mold and bacteria that cause unpleasant smells are attracted to water and moisture, but these urinals do not use water.

This makes them odor-free, and the cartridge suppresses the sewer gases with a sting smell to release into the air.

Traditional urinals do not have cartridges, making them more susceptible to releasing smelly gases from the sewer into the restroom.


They are proven to be more environment-friendly than traditional flushing urinals, as they can reduce carbon dioxide emissions due to less water usage.

They do not consume energy for water supplies into the plumbing fixture, as they can operate without flushing the urine into the drainage.

Wastewater treatment is less required for waterless urinals and sewage, and many cartridges and inserting components are recyclable.

The liquid sealant inside the bowl is a mixture of different vegetable oils that act as deodorizers and disinfectants.

Thus, their overall design falls in the category of green environment, which causes less harm to the users and the surroundings.

Variety of materials and colors

Different materials and colors for waterless urinals are available, as many manufacturers use porcelain, vitreous china, stainless steel, ceramics, and other materials to make high-quality and durable urinals.

You can choose any suitable material for the plumbing fixture depending on the interior, usage, and product quality

The trained cleaning staff can take care of the maintenance and cleaning of the urinal if they know its material and performance.

Different colors, such as grey, white, red, and silver, are present, and you can select any color that goes well and look attractive in this place.

However, light colors need less cleaning because the dust particles are not visible on these surfaces.

Preferable for high-traffic areas

Public places like hospitals, schools, airports, train stations, and shopping malls have high traffic in the bathroom or restrooms.

Therefore, there may be three or four male toilets in this place, and they have to wait outside this place if someone is already using it.

They take less space, and you can install more than ten to twelve urinals in the facility.

Therefore, it is an ideal choice for high-traffic areas to install them in the restrooms so that more people can use them with less water and energy consumption. 

There is no need to flush the urine, which can reduce the time to wait for the waste to flush out, and then the other person can use it.


Waterless urinals are affordable, as they do not need a water supply plumbing system which causes less expense on the initial installation.

The labor cost is less as compared to the conventional one because they do not need a flushing mechanism to flush the urine down the sewage.

They do not need expensive chemical cleaners because harsh cleaners can damage their components.

I like these because their maintenance cost is also less than the conventional urinals, which require high-quality and expensive cleaners.

The urine can flow down the urine by gravity without using a flushing system which causes a prominent decrease in the water bills per year.

Easy to install and clean

They are easy to install because the plumbing system does not require any traps, water supply, and flushing, unlike conventional ones, which need proper flushing, water supply, and drain traps to operate.

The plumber has to spend less time installing them, and this will eventually reduce the installation expenditures.

Many urinals come with the hardware to install them, and you can do this task yourself if you know the working of the fixture components and the connections to make for them.

You can clean them easily with a soft cloth without much exertion and time because they do not need high maintenance.

The cleaning process for these sanitary plumbing fixtures is simple and needs a little care to prevent water usage inside them.

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