Win, lose or draw, sports fans around the world are tough on washrooms. Not just because of the damage caused by vandalism but also because they present an operational maintenance challenge by their pattern of usage. Demand peaks prior to, after games and during intervals. Between matches the washrooms will be lightly used, if at all. Blocked or flooded urinals will not only reduce capacity and lead to queues but will result in unpleasant odours where water and urine has mixed and not been cleaned up. The distinctive ‘washroom smell’ along with long queues detract from spectators enjoyment of the game while flushing thousands of litres of water to the sewer is not only expensive, it is environmentally detrimental.
The installation of Falcon Waterfree urinals at Dolphin Stadium has reduced water consumption by an estimated 33 million litres per year representing significant cost savings as well as obvious environmental benefits.
In addition, their Chief Engineer estimated that servicing took 1-1½ hours per urinal, per annum. This was partly due to the high calcium content of the water, which created a residue on the flush valve gaskets, eventually causing them to crack and leak. Each time this occurred it cost the stadium about £50 to service.
The installation of 220 Falcon Waterfree urinals eliminated these problems with the servicing of each urinal now taking just a few minutes per year. The change also saw a £15,000 reduction in maintenance costs through the elimination of flushing valves and costs associated with clogged urinals and flooded washrooms.
Falcon Flax and Lava Waterfree urinals are available in the UK from Relcross meaning the worries of leaks, or continuous flushing that could continue when a stadium is not in use, could be a thing of the past.