“Waterless urinals” in schools? What could possibly go wrong?

Here’s the latest self-inflicted green fail:

Palm Beach County public schools decided to go green several years ago to help protect the environment and save on energy bills. But the switch to waterless urinals in numerous boys’ bathrooms has become a costly mess on some campuses.

Copper pipes behind the walls in at least two bathrooms at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton corroded, leading to urine flowing across floors and students holding their noses.

“It was seeping through the hallway into the classroom next door,” Caleb Rader, 15, a freshman, said of the urine leaks before winter break. “Pretty disgusting.”

Administrators say they have cleaned up, started repairs, and ordered a return to flush urinals, this time with low water flow.

“We’re really concerned because we don’t think it’s a sanitary place for our children to be,” said Mara Shapiro, president of the school’s PTSA, whose son is a junior. “The hallways reek.”
Permanently fixing the problem could cost a total of $500,000 at Spanish River and three other high schools with similar bathroom designs and urinals: Palm Beach Lakes in West Palm Beach, Santaluces near Lantana, and Wellington.

School district officials say they are negotiating with the manufacturer of the urinals, Falcon Waterfree Technologies of Los Angeles, to reimburse them for much of the repair and renovation expenses.

“We want to hold them accountable,” said Joseph Sanches, district chief of facilities management.

The district chief of facilities management should be the one held accountable for not seeing this coming before having the things installed. Or maybe at least he should give Al Gore a call — the Goracle is on Falcon’s Advisory Board. So is Dick Gephardt. Not exactly ringing endorsements if you ask me.

This story pretty much sums up what the world would be like if everything were constructed under Gore’s “green” guidelines: Broke and fetid.


26 Responses to “‘Green’ Fail of the Week”

  1. backwoodsconsr on January 31st, 2012 11:43 am

    The envirowackos are determined to piss on us every way than can.

    Ethanol corrodes fuel systems but they don't care about that either.

  2. backwoodsconsr on January 31st, 2012 11:57 am

    "… the Goracle is on Falcon’s Advisory Board."

    People who take advice from Al Gore are in a class with those who have themselves for a lawyer.

  3. Dexter_Alarius on January 31st, 2012 12:57 pm

    Well, that was a piss-poor decision.
    Urine a heap of trouble, now.

  4. Misscheryl on January 31st, 2012 1:02 pm

    This reminds me of Rand Paul railing against the woman who heads up the EPA telling her the regulations the EPA is imposing on our nation are nothing but an albatross around our necks and used toilets as an example. Toilets no longer function appropriately but that seems not to matter. We've replaced ours here at work with EPA friendly ones to save on water. Now, instead of flushing once when someone manually does it, they flush continuously as long as someone is standing in front of them…yeah, that worked out great. It's not about functionality; it's not about saving money. It's not even about the environment as these new "EPA approved toilets" show. It's about control = PERIOD!

  5. Misscheryl on January 31st, 2012 1:08 pm

    yuk, yuk, yuk

  6. backwoodsconsr on January 31st, 2012 1:09 pm

    Too bad they're incapable of controlling themselves.

  7. Misscheryl on January 31st, 2012 1:13 pm

    That's typically how it works…for those who lack control, they try and control every one else…dysfunctional and emotionally stunted.

  8. Obama bin Biden on January 31st, 2012 1:38 pm

    Liberalism is a Mental Disorder.

  9. Truesoldier on January 31st, 2012 1:52 pm

    Sure they do. If they can make it so that the repairs of your fuel system get to expensive then they can get you out of your car. That is their ultimate goal.

  10. SignPainterGuy on January 31st, 2012 2:13 pm

    Wow, I totally and completely agree with everyone on this crappy mess. You have to use "enough water" to get rid of the flushables ! PERIOD !!

    This story reminds me of the restroom (men`s) at a race track in eastern Ohio. It`s out in the country away from any city water / sewer system, so it`s just a BIG out house over a pit; literally. It can handle only so much water, so the wall-mounted urinal water supply is locked. An official unlocks and flushes them only twice a day. By 3:pm on a hot day, you`d see guys walk in and run out, take several deep breaths , run in and a moment later, come running back out to get a breath, still zipping up ! It was horrible !

    Complaints to the track owners and the county health dept. finally got it improved !

    Wasn`t it L.A. that found itself having to spend $Millions to dig up streets to get to the clogged sewer lines because of the low-flow toilets they insisted everyone use ?

  11. Joe Redfield on January 31st, 2012 2:37 pm

    We should give Al a mop and let him do something useful for a change.

  12. clu seatoe on January 31st, 2012 2:50 pm

    Why not just put up Port-O-Potties around campus or have the kids pee into a hole in the ground out by the fence. Better yet, prohibit the kids from drinking anything for 24hrs. before coming to school, that makes as much sense.

    And make the school board members put no flush toilets (not just urinals) in their homes as a test before they put them in the schools.

  13. Truesoldier on January 31st, 2012 2:52 pm

    That sounds similiar to when I was deployed to Iraq in 2004. We had to porta potties for the whole company (about 150 people) they only came once a week to empty them (if the sanitation truck had not been targeted by insurgents that week). In the summer when the temps would be in the 120 to 130 range the poop would start to cook releasing the methane gas. We actually had a couple soldiers pass out and had to be taken to the aid station do to inhaling to much methane gas while doing their business.

  14. OK_Loyalist on January 31st, 2012 3:01 pm

    So let it be known, going 'Green' will leave you without a pot to piss in.

  15. SignPainterGuy on January 31st, 2012 3:29 pm


  16. SignPainterGuy on January 31st, 2012 3:32 pm

    Good idea ! Every politician should have to live by the laws they pass !

  17. SignPainterGuy on January 31st, 2012 3:36 pm

    And likely drop your IQ to room temperature numbers !

  18. SignPainterGuy on January 31st, 2012 4:01 pm

    It`s just way beyond disgusting that our betters in gooberment have to make one of our least pleasant but necessary bodily functions more complicated, problematic and expensive !

  19. Jimbo on January 31st, 2012 6:29 pm

    What to be really, truly green? Home school your kids and don't expose them to these expensive, utopian morons.

  20. The Watcher on February 1st, 2012 1:00 am

    He knows how to use a mop?

  21. The Watcher on February 1st, 2012 1:01 am

    We used to occasionally have waterless urinals when we were in school…

    we called them 'busted'.

  22. SignPainterGuy on February 1st, 2012 3:10 am

    Ha haa ! Yep, followed by a search for the kid with M-80s !

  23. SignPainterGuy on February 1st, 2012 3:11 am

    Well, he`s seen one in use ! How hard can it be … right ?

  24. backwoodsconsr on February 1st, 2012 10:27 am

    It should be a cinch compared to inventing the internet.

  25. Camille on February 2nd, 2012 5:07 am

    Part of me wants to say he`s really too smart to believe the nonsense he spews, but I also have trouble believing he`d whore himself this way if he didn`t believe it ! I`m in a Q-Juan-dary !
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