Pismo Beach urinals to undergo a transformation
July 22, 2015
All urinals in Pismo Beach must be of the flushless variety in time for next Valentine’s Day, a city council vote indicates. [Tribune]
On Tuesday night, the Pismo Beach City Council unanimously voted to ban traditional urinals. All urinals in the city that use water must be retrofitted to flushless versions by Feb. 14, 2016, according to the ordinance introduced Tuesday.
The ordinance applies to public and private property. Urinals installed at new developments would also have to be flushless types.
Current city policy allows property owners who retrofit urinals to receive a rebate. The council voted Tuesday to eliminate the urinal rebate program.
The urinal ordinance is part of a larger city effort to conserve water. A standard urinal uses approximately 40,000 gallons of water a year, City Engineer Ben Fine said.
Waterless urinals use gravity to drain urine. They also use a lower density liquid, often some form of oil, to prevent odors.
The council will vote on final approval of the ordinance at its next meeting.