TOILETS that flush without water have been installed at Dewsbury bus station.
Officials at West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, Metro, have reported a 40% cut in water use – and a fall in its annual water bills – after installing ES4 water-efficient WCs and Airflush waterless urinals.
They come from Colne Valley firm Green Building Store.
Metro plans to introduce the new loos at Huddersfield and Leeds bus stations.
Managers at Dewsbury had received complaints from passengers about unpleasant smells caused by the old urinals, which were also outdated and wasting water.
Since installing the new facilities complaints have dropped dramatically and maintenance is less of a problem.
Phil Burton, Metro’s mechanical and electrical officer, said: “The most significant change since having the new urinals installed has been the removal of odours.
“I must admit we had some initial concerns about installing waterless systems, but we felt it was very important to reduce our environmental impact.
“Now they are installed, we have no regrets at all. As well as saving water we also stand to make substantial cost savings.
“Passengers are also happier, so they have been a success all round.”
Green Building Store, of Bolster Moor, Golcar, supplies sustainable building products throughout the UK.
They include water-efficient toilets, doors and windows using wood from sustainable sources and environmentally-friendly timber preservatives.
Environmental organisation Waterwise says the average person in the UK uses the equivalent of 16 buckets of water a day.