Ontario retiree's flushless home urinal makes international splash

Norman Brooks holds the flushless urinal he invented in his London, Ont., office on August 5, 2014....

Norman Brooks holds the flushless urinal he invented in his London, Ont., office on August 5, 2014. (Mike Hensen/QMI Agency)

Jonathan Sher, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

LONDON, Ont. — It began as a mission to help housewives tired of men leaving toilet seats up, but now a flushless urinal created by 90-year-old London man has become a green magic bullet that's drawing interest from conservationists in Massachusetts and Arizona.

Norm Brooks is no stranger to business success, but the long-time home builder and developer appears on the verge of leaving a wider mark.

Brooks has invested more than $100,000 to design, build and manufacture in London a waterless urinal called the Resno for homes that's the only one to gain the approval of plumbing regulators in Canada and the U.S.

His urinal is so promising, that even though he hasn't marketed it, it's drawn notice at the University of Arizona and heated debate in a Massachusetts town that considered alternatives to a costly sewer system.

"It could become mainstream. I think it's on the cutting edge," Cado Daily, a water resources co-ordinator for a program established by the University of Arizona, said.

Commercial urinals are a mainstay and flushless versions dominate in water-needy Arizona, but none passed the eye test in homes until Brooks created one that folds closed into a wall, Daily said.

The innovation is not the first by Brooks, who co-founded the home builders' association.

When he retired from construction after 54 years in 2005, he turned his focus to what had been the most frequent request to him from housewives: Can you install a urinal?

That he was already in his mid-80s didn't deter Brooks, who credits training as an engineer for his tendency to seek out better ways of doing things.

"Men are always peeing all over the floor and leaving the toilet seat up,” he said. “I can do something about that."


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