#greenfail And The Rivers of Urine . . .

Russ Steele

I have written many time about how public officials fail to do some second level thinking when making first level decisions.  This failure to think about the consequences is almost so bad you want to laugh.  This story is from the Daily Mail, vis the Power Line blog:

 Students step over ‘rivers of urine’ after green bathrooms plan for waterless urinals turns a high school yellow… and it will cost $500,000 to fix

Students at a high school in Boca Raton, Florida, must step over rivers of urine and endure the stench of rancid waste after a plan to bring ‘green’ waterless urinals into bathrooms backfired.

School officials at Spanish River High School thought they had found an environmentally-friendly, cost-saving solution for their bathrooms when they installed Falcon Waterfree urinals in their boys bathrooms.

But with no water moving through the school’s copper pipes to flush the urine into the sewer system, the waste produced noxious gases that ate through the metal, leaving leaky pipes that allowed urine to drip into walls and flow onto floors.

‘It was pretty disgusting,’ school board chairman Frank Barbieri told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

‘The girls had to step over a river of urine. I could smell it as soon as I walked into the hallway.’

Now, the school district, which was hoping to save $100 a year in water costs for each waterless urinal, must pay $500,000 to repair the damage and replace the appliances with the traditional flush variety in four high schools.

We had a similar story in Sacramento, when the  Cal/EPA headquarters had to flush their waterless urinals. News10 had the details:

The California Environmental Protection Agency has ended a six-year experiment with waterless urinals in its 25-story headquarters building, touted by the Schwarzenegger administration as the “greenest” high-rise in the nation.

When a limited number of waterless fixtures were first installed on four floors in 2003, the building’s management projected annual water savings of 1 million gallons when the entire building was outfitted three years later.

Cal/EPA Deputy Director of Communications Lindsay VanLaningham confirmed that all 56 waterless urinals have been removed and replaced with flush urinals.  “I obviously can’t speak to actual use, but there have been hundreds of complaints,” the spokeswoman said.

When to these greenies pull their heads of the their a. . .  and start applying some second level thinking when making these go green decisions.  Did anyone ask, what happens if no flush urinals do not work? What are the consequences?  It is not that hard. Well may it is for green progressives.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

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