Renovating the restrooms at Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans consisted of structural changes as well as cosmetic improvements. Because the building is a completely cement structure, it didn’t easily lend itself to construction changes. As such, there were challenges involved including reworking dropping electric lines and reorganizing some of the plumbing.
The commercial plumbing company donated Sloan SOLIS flushometers and other products to make two bathrooms water-conserving and energy-efficient. By switching from 3.5 gpf to a 1.6 gpf toilet flushometers, the school achieved a 54 percent water reduction and an 83 percent reduction from 1.5 gpf to 0.25 gpf urinal flushometers.
In other efforts to make bathrooms more water efficient, the Anschutz Entertainment Group, which runs the Staples Center in Los Angeles, last year replaced all 178 of its urinals with waterless urinals, saving more than 7 million gallons a year and $28,200 annually.