Sami and I have been preoccupied with pee for a long time, wondering why we don't have urinals in our homes. After all, they use a lot less water than a toilet and are probably more sanitary as it is harder to miss.
Now the Waterless Company, inventor of the waterless urinal, has introduced a smaller and cheaper model that is suitable for the home. The President tells Alex Wilson at Green Building Advisor that if there are two males in the house it can save 3,250 gallons of water per year.
[Waterless President Klaus] Reichardt told me that they're getting a lot of calls from diabetics who have to urinate frequently and who hate to waste all the water. While these water savings should not be dismissed, I suspect that the primary motivation for purchases -- if it succeeds -- will be more about sanitation and reduced cleaning needs than it is about water savings.
I don't know why diabetics don't follow the "if it's yellow let it mellow" rule, but will let that pass. Alex also notes that waterless toilets are not without their problems, (see What is the Cause of "Stinky Situation" With Waterless Urinals?) but much of those are due to lousy maintenance and people putting things in them that they shouldn't, which is less likely to happen in a home.
But there is another very good reason to look forward to widespread acceptance of waterless urinals in homes: easy urine separation and collection. We have noted before that it is a wasted resource that may be needed soon for its phosphorus, and that is is a pollutant. Home urinals could take almost half of the stuff out of the waste stream. Perhaps sitting in our gardens next to our rainwater barrels should be pee barrels, connected to the waterless urinals.
More on Home Urinals:
Urinals in Our Homes? The Guardian Wades in to the Debate
Mister Miser: The Amazing Folding Urinal
Pee in Style and Save Water
More on Waterless Urinals:
What is the Cause of "Stinky Situation" With Waterless Urinals?
Pissing Match: Wired On The Battle Over Waterless Urinals
More on Urine Separation:
Pee-Cycling: Green Toilet Idea From Olde Europe
P is for Phosphorus (As Well As Human Urine)
Yellow is the New Green