SEP 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Bugs To Take Pee Out Of Council
bugs could soon be taking the urine out of the council’s toilets
– and saving costly water as a result.
could be turned off to all the urinals if the go-ahead to spend £30,000
on a new cleaning system is given.
say that the special cubes could save gallons of clean water,
which is flushed through the urinals to keep them clean.
now want to use “Eco-Bug” cubes and sprays instead as this
could save up to £100,000 a year in water bills.
cubes, developed at Cardiff University and exclusively sold by
Lion Consultancy Service, are placed in each urinals. They are
slowly dissolving blocks of natural bacteria, and have a fragrance
places where there is a danger that children might pick the blocks
up, sprays can be used, but these have a shorter lifespan.
experiment in one of the council buildings was carried out in May
in heavily-used toilets.
were taken of the inside of some of the bowls to allow the
monitoring of any scale.
officers found that the urinals, if anything, had got cleaner
during the four-week period.
the bugs are put to work each urinal will have to be rinsed with
just one litre of clean water, and no cleaning agents or
disinfectants should be used.
Client officer Bill Johnson said it will be left to schools to
decide if they switch to the bugs.
said in a report to Cllr Jack Harrison, cabinet member (Community
Services), who will decide on the matter on Tuesday:
must each make their own decisions on the use of ‘Eco-Bug’
secondary school is already using ‘Eco-Bugs’ and it is
proposed to supply free cubes and sprays to two primary schools
in order for them to gain experience and confidence in the
opportunity will be taken to promote the use of the system in