Photo: Dan ForbesIn a laboratory 10 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, a mechanical penis sputters to life. A technician starts a timer as a stream of water erupts from the apparatus’s brass tip, arcing into a urinal mounted exactly 12 inches away. James Krug smiles. His latest back-splatter experiment is under way.
Of course, this applies mainly to us guys, so the waterless urinal only solves half the world's water-wasting problem. Perhaps even less than that, because ladies' rooms don't have urinals and they are likely wasting (for all I know) a larger tankful per flush on a regular toilet - so are there plans to extend these waterless technologies across that gender gap, I wonder?
After all, as my friend Susannah Lerman reminds me (through pictures she just posted on facebook from her recent trip to the middle east), it is possible to have waterless WCs as well:
Pic ©Susannah Lerman