South West organisations failing to cut £1,200 from water bills

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South West businesses with flushing urinals are costing their organisations over £1,200 in unnecessary bills, and are also failing to cut avoidable CO2, warns Exeter-based Smarti Environmental.

The business, which provides eco-friendly waterless urinal technology to the NHS, tourism businesses, hospitality businesses and other organisations, has released its findings to coincide with Water Saving Week 2022 (23-27 May), during which it is launching the world’s first eco-enzyme waterless and PH neutral urinal solution, the Vortex triple seal valve (TSV).

Ending the need for water, Smarti Environmental’s waterless urinals save organisations on average 100,000 litres of clean water and 105kg CO2 per urinal, per year, cutting average urinal running costs by more than half. They also prevent airborne infections caused by spray during flushing, which has been shown to spread 500,000 germs per inch, per flush, landing on skin, surfaces and clothing, spreading viruses including Covid-19, influenza and norovirus.

Designed to eliminate bad urinal smells, blockages and the spread of infections caused by flushing urinals, the newly launched retro-fit eco Vortex TSV fits 98% of all urinals, enabling businesses to retain their existing urinal bowls while saving £1,230 on a typical bay of three urinals supplied by one cistern in the South West Water region.

Confirmed as the fastest flowing waterless urinal solution on the market, the fully recyclable, British-manufactured, hygienic one-way multi valve system, traps all odours so that foul drain smells become a thing of the past.

The Vortex valve also accelerates the flow of urine down into the drainpipe, and includes an eco-friendly bio-block enzyme ring and integrated bio-tablet which breaks down uric acid and bio film proteins during use, making the urine PH neutral – a world first! This means less energy is required in sewerage treatment processing, reducing environmental impact. When the enzyme ring depletes, it turns from blue to clear, ready to be replaced using a simple non-touch key change-out system.

Combined with Smarti Environmental’s SteriKleer enzyme in-pipe pipe-pods, the Vortex multi-valve solution actively lubricates sewerage pipes, breaking down all biofilms and uric salts in pipework to prevent blocked pipes.

Waterless urinals avoid calcium build-up caused by the chemical reaction between water and urine. This ends the all-too-common experience of bad drain smells, floods and overflow when water-flush urinal pipes become calcified and back-up. Importantly, this prevents expensive and entirely avoidable plumbing and maintenance costs often experienced by businesses, public sector organisations, holiday parks, pubs, hotels and tourist attractions.

Using 100% environmentally friendly enzyme technology – including its 24-hour odour and bacteria suppressing SteriKleen surface spray – Smarti Environmental technology also eliminates the need for harsh bleaches, cleaning fluids or drain un-blockers, further enhancing its environmental benefits to customers and cutting costs.

Commenting on the launch of the all-new Vortex TSV Valve, Kimberley Hill, New Business Development Manager at Smarti Environmental, said: “From hospitals to hospitality, clean, fresh-smelling, and free-flowing urinals that prevent the spread of viruses matter. Members of the public and staff remember the good, the bad and the ugly.

“Fitting waterless Vortex TSV triple seal valves guarantees an end to foul-smelling urinals, but more than that, it allows you to share the environmental benefits that going waterless brings; a fact that users increasingly look for, appreciate and remember, especially as the world moves to Net Zero status.”

Kimberley added: “We’re committed to helping South West organisations cut carbon and costs through the adoption of the waterless urinals. That’s why this Water Savings week, we are pledging to offer organisations with 100 or more urinals managed by their group a free washroom trial for 3 months, and free installation of our retro-fit waterless valves. Smaller businesses can benefit too, as our waterless technology brings overall running costs down by more than 50%, compared to the cost of running conventional flushing urinals.”

As part of the Vortex TSV valve offer, Smarti Environmental undertakes a free site survey, identifying the current amount of water used and projected savings. For the trial, urinal drainage pipes are checked and, if in need of replacement, are installed at no cost within the fully serviced package option. Cisterns are removed and waterless valves fitted, all typically in just one day, minimising down-time.

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