Gold medals and green restrooms at the Olympics
While athletes aimed for gold, the Beijing Olympics aimed
for green with waterfree urinals. The urinals from Los
Angeles-based Falcon Waterfree Technologies have been
installed at several Olympic venues.
Falcon Waterfree urinals were installed and used by the
general public, staff and athletes at the National Stadium,
the National Swimming Center, the Olympic Torch Relay
Route, the Olympic Triathlon Track, the Olympic Security
Control Center, the Olympic Water Sports Fields and Stadiums,
and the BMX Contest Field.
The green-technology urinals use a patented cartridge
to provide waterfree, odor-free and trouble-free operation.
Because they are not attached to a water supply, they
do not become a source of plumbing emergencies. Restrooms
are also cleaner as a result because these systems have
five times fewer bacteria than water-flushed urinals
and no flush plumes, which normally spread bacteria-laden
moisture around restrooms.
Water conservation at the Beijing Olympics has been a
key requirement — not only to showcase modern and sustainable
technology, but to also help the city of 18 million people
accommodate the additional needs of Olympic visitors
Based on average water savings of 40,000 gallons per
urinal, per year, the 165 waterfree urinals will save
6.6 million gallons per year — enough to fill more than
1,400 tank trucks.