Despite the common belief that water improves hygiene, all living things, including bacteria, depend on water for survival. What most people do not know is that bacteria are sprayed as a fine mist when urinals are flushed and can thrive far outside the urinal bowl.
The “aerosol effect” was first discovered in 1975 by Charles Gerba, an environmental microbiologist from the University of Arizona, who found that bacteria and viruses spraying out after flushing a toilet remain airborne long enough to settle on surfaces throughout the bathroom, and can remarkably travel as far as eight feet. In order to measure his results, Dr. Gerba placed pieces of gauze in different locations around the bathroom and measured the bacterial and viral levels present after flushing.
You can actually verify it yourself by putting a dye in the toilet/urinal, flushing, and holding a piece of paper over it. “Droplets are going all over the place – it’s like the Fourth of July,” Gerba affirms.
But Dr. Gerba is not the only one studying the “aerosol effect”. A recently published research paper has found that lid-less toilets in hospitals are a potential risk for infections, and they might be the reason why C. difficile infections are on the rise.
Since Falcon Waterfree Technologies urinals use no water for flushing, our technology actually not only creates a less fertile breeding ground for bacteria, they also eliminate the cloud of tiny droplets that travels outside the urinal with each flushed. In fact, research has demonstrated that Falcon’s urinal has five times less bacteria than the average flush or low flush urinal and as they do not spray dirty water across the restroom, our urinals also reduce the opportunity for mold and mildew to thrive.