Is The World Ready for the Waterless Urinal?

“The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” — William Gibson

Uber gets all the publicity, but this is a less publicized case of the old guard trying to shutter innovation. Six years after this article from Wired was published, I’m starting to see them frequently in public restrooms. The Sprout’s near my house even has a self-congratulatory plaque in their men’s room that says how much water they’re saving, roughly 20,000 gallons annually per urinal. If that’s even ballpark accurate, that’s insane!

The push back from the plumbers union reminds me of a quotation I lifted from an issue of The Economist some time ago:

“Too many people do well out of today’s system to make change easy.”

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