Toilets are made for one purpose and that is to aid in the disposal of human body wastes. There are different types of toilets used for commercial means, and the most common type is the flush toilet which was utilized in most nations for residential and commercial purposes. This plumbing fixture uses water to wash out wastes through a drainpipe to a different spot. Flushing methods are found more often in western countries. Flush toilets were called water closets in the 18th and 19th century. Another type is the squat toilet or the Asian toilet. A squat toilet is set horizontally on the floor. The water tanks, piping and flushing device are somewhat similar to those of the Western toilets. Most regulations for these toilets have their sights set on reducing the amount of water used and somewhat for public convenience.
Commercial toilet installations should handle everything that comes their way. It should be low consumption for commercial applications and it is wise for water conservation. It should, at most, be a low maintenance public restroom due to its constant usage. Commercial toilets also use the minimum space when installed and in that way it is always available for mass usage.
Different Areas and Different Uses
In some areas commercial toilets are being converted into a lounge with an area created specifically for waiting. They even have a formal reception room where the patrons have an entertainment showcase at their disposal while waiting. Newspapers and magazines are also thrown in as part of the package since they have to pay for this service. Commercial toilets have been getting constant maintenance since there are special workers assigned to take care of the area and give support and information to all would-be users. Commercial toilets also vary in sizes, some are the size of a function room and some are the size of a cubicle that can accommodate only the seating capacity of a single person.
The first public toilets had proven to be an inconvenience for disabled people and they continued to have problems with public toilets until they eventually had their own, which was developed during the later years for obvious reasons. There is also the idea of holding your urine in while waiting in a very long line, and when it is finally your turn it's already too late because you have just released half of the contents of your bladder. Commercial toilets, for a certain amount, also provide protection to the public from outside weather conditions that might change every now and then without prior notice.
Problems with Public Restrooms
Public toilets are always installed where people would usually gather like parks, subways, markets, and other areas accessible to the public and they are always placed in a visible spot. The reason for placing them in an open space is to give patrons immediate access to it without any inconvenience. With this come and go idea of a public rest room, hygiene is the least considered factor, making public toilets carriers of many contagious diseases. Graffiti is also a common sight for any public toilet because they are often left unchecked. Security issues may also arise if they are installed in isolated places and if the surrounding is poorly lit.
Commercial toilets also employ the latest technology for fresh water conservation. This makes it not only user friendly and convenient, but also a tool to fight global warming. It may sound funny, but its small contribution has a huge role in this world wide issue. The average person uses around 6 liters of water per flush and does it six to eight times on a regular day. That's roughly 48 liters a day. The United States alone can save up to 2 billion liters of fresh water in just one day if they were to use this technology properly. Now imagine if China and India were able to do it as well. That's enough water to sustain the entire human race for more than a year.
Commercial toilets are not a popular sight to behold in most third world countries. They can only be seen in malls and specially assigned places where its obvious usage is needed. The idea of a new system such as a dual flush is also not being introduced or otherwise, not properly presented to the people to give them freedom to invest in this new technology because as of today the price for this equipment is indeed a bit expensive. But if they're able to shell out some cash to help their countries improve, then they'll see that it's a worthy investment and one which can help improve the future for many generations.