Two, One, Zero… It's a launch for water saving technology

Water, resource efficient bathrooms employ an array of ‘space-age' technologies

Which is more resource efficient: a high-efficiency single flush toilet or an Aussie-style two-button model. A dual button toilet lets users select between a low flow for liquid waste and a higher volume flush for solid waste, but single button adherants point out that any added efficiency depends on the user always making the right choice. As that debate rages on, Niagara Conservation has chosen to supply both types of water-saving product.

The company's new E2T dual-flush toilet offers two flush options: users can push one button to select for light waste, which uses 1.1 gallons per flush or select the heavier waste button that uses 1.28 gallons per flush. The E2T is equipped with high-performance technology to ensure a full flush at whichever amount of water is used. The new model is ADA compliant so it's suitable for both residential or commercial settings. “Because toilets are known water-wasters, the E2T will be especially useful in geographic regions that are experiencing drought conditions,” said Carl Wehmeyer, Niagara's executive vice president.

At the same time, the company is introducing the Niagara PowerOne™ high-efficiency toilet (photo, right), a 1.0 gallon-per-flush pressure assist unit that uses less water than any single-flush unit on the market. The PowerOne is projected to save about 400,000 gallons of water over the life of the toilet, or more than $1700 in water bills. The product features a sweat-free tank and a flush system that is made in the U.S.A.

Either toilet is eligible for rebates and incentives in selected water conservation districts, and Niagara works with retailers and end-users to take advantage of those opportunities.

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Energy Efficient hand dryers suit up in the team colors

High speed hand driers seem like a winning choice for the stadium or arena, where the goal is to move people in and out of public restrooms as quickly as possible. So Excel Dryer's XLERATOR can score some important points with their 10-15 second dry time, which is 4 times the speed of conventional units.

It may not matter to fans when they're eager to get back to the bleachers, but the units also use 80 percent less energy than other dryers, too. That may take on added importance in publicly funded structures, especially on university campuses eager to install equipment that's eligible for cash from the Recovery Act. But Randy Fuller of Fuller Sales tells us that adding team graphics to the dryer rated some hearty cheers at the University of Missouri, which has ordered units for its football and basketball arenas.

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Stainless Steel Waterless Urinal

Falcon Waterfree's new F-9000SS, is a high-performance flushless urinal that offers a unique combination of durability and contemporary design. The bowl is constructed of 16-gauge grade 304 stainless steel with a matte finish to provide unsurpassed performance in the most demanding installations. Instead of a liquid flush, the unit relies on an integrated cartridge with a biodegradeable sealant to act as a sanitary barrier and to provide odor-free operation. With no flushing mechanism, the waterless unit also eliminates valve maintenance.

With a suggested list price of $595, the urinal is programmed to provide long-term economical service while saving an average of 40,000 gallons of water per year. “We believe this product will be a great success in heavy-use bathrooms, where eliminated maintenance and water use costs maximize return on investment,” said James Krug, Falcon Waterfree's President/CEO. The product is elegible for credits under LEED and Green Globes, and may also qualify for rebates in selected water conservation districts.

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