What a Civil Engineering Graduate Figured Out About Water-Saving Urinals

After suffering one of Cape Town’s worst drought in over 100 years, the tourist destination has been trying to keep “Day Zero” (the day where the city is slated to run out of water) at bay by ordering its residents to use no more than 50 liters, or 13.2 gallons of water a day.

While the city’s water supply has been shrinking, Capetonians have learning how to live sustainably almost to the point of obsession, and you have to admit that what they have been able to accomplish is remarkable; the city cut its consumption from 290 million gallons of water to 160 million gallons. For a region where rain barely falls, that is still a lot of water, so Cape Town is turning to water innovation to tackle the rest of the difference.

In a competition that brings together the South Africa’s top civil engineering students, Tinashe Chipako, a civil engineering graduate from the University of Cape Town (UCT), recently won an award for investigating the feasibility of implementing waterless urinals on UCT’s upper campus and revealing that tons of fertilizer could be made from urine collected on campus.

According to a press release by UCT, “The students’ assignments demonstrated the benefits of introducing waterless urinals that not only save vast quantities of water but recover valuable, sustainable resources.”

Chipako’s research findings reveal that UCT uses enough water to fill about eight Olympic-size swimming pools to flush urinals each year and 96% of the respondents said that they would support waterless urinals because they conserve water.

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