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Sunday, March 18, 2007
you're in luck with the modern bathroom
The home urinal. It is possible I have eccentric areas of expertise. But I hate inefficiency.
As I read this story, it goes something like:
In Canada - sold as eco-green friendly waterless efficient option.
In USA - sold as high-end luxury accessory for the men's wing of your giant house.
Which is maybe all you need to know about the difference between Canada and the USA.
I wrote a bit about water-efficient bathroom design on March 26, 2004.
Or you can check my wc category.
Anyway, there was an article in yesterday's Citizen: Stand and deliver by Kelvin Browne (National Post).
The model they picture is the Villeroy & Boch Oblic, which looks pretty good. Good luck trying to find anything on their site though, which seems to be broken in various ways.
Anyway, here's an image of it borrowed from Trendir.
I don't know what tech it uses.
The Citizen had a piece last year on waterless
Oddly, women quoted seem to find the whole idea unhygenic.
Um, let's see, what is cleaner:
1) Pouring blue dye down a funnel directly into the drain or
2) Pouring blue dye into a shallow bowl full of water, that partially aeresolizes as it violently swirls down the drain.
An article from the March 16, 2007 Florida Sun Sentinel is an example of the uphill battle that home urinals may face in the US, because, shall we say, Americans have issues.
Oh for god's sake, grow up.
Another typical American article is in the Chicago Tribune (New York Times News Service) - For the high-end bath, something unexpected
Oh for heaven's sake, I just want to save some water, I don't need a solid gold pissoir. Rich people are idiots.
Just to go full circle, Kelvin Browne's article I suspect was inspired by the NY Times News Service one, since it ends with similar information.