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The ‘Sink-Urinal’ Encourages Men to Wash Hands — and Saves Water, Too!

By Elise Hu, NPR

The design, called Stand, is already in use in several European countries. (Ingus Bajars/Courtesy of Kaspar Jursons)

The design, called Stand, is already in use in several European countries. (Ingus Bajars/Courtesy of Kaspar Jursons)

A Latvian designer named Kaspars Jursons is trying to help solve European water shortages by redesigning the men’s restroom. His new urinal design includes a tap and sink right over it.

“It’s not just a fancy piece of art,” he says. “The idea is about function and consumption. You are washing your hands in the sink on top of the urinal, and the same water that’s running is also used to flush. You don’t have to use water twice, like when you use the urinal and wash your hands in separate sink.”

“You are washing your hands in the sink on top of the urinal, and the same water that’s running is also used to flush.”
The design, called Stand, sells for about $590 per unit. They’re being manufactured on a small production line and have already sold to buyers in Norway, Germany, Russia, Poland and Jursons’ home country, Latvia.

Several sink-urinals are currently installed in a concert venue in Riga, Latvia, where Jursons reports they have worked smoothly and saved thousands of liters of water. Continue reading