“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.