Sinking toilets in Dublin could be a welcome addition to the city’s drinking water supply.
A survey of 1,000 residents in the city found more than half of respondents said they would like to see more sinks for their toilets, while one in five would like a bathtub-shaped drain in the water.
The Dublin Water Management Agency (DWMA) said the toilets were one of a number of facilities needed to reduce the citys waste.
“We need to take the opportunity to build a much wider range of public facilities,” said DWMA chief executive Brian Kelly.
The survey was conducted in June this year and was carried out by a team of public and private sector experts.
It found that 75 per cent of respondents in the Dublin city centre and 70 per cent in the capital’s inner suburbs were in favour of toilets in their homes.
“In most households, the water faucet is used at least once a week, but there are some who don’t use it, and a few who do, and it is only for occasional use,” said Kelly.
“But in the larger majority, the toilet is in use every day.”
It’s about people being able to get to work, to go to school, and to the shops.
“A toilet that sits on the toilet seat could be an easy way for the public to avoid using the water, but it could also be an attractive amenity for private companies that sell a range of services to the public.”
The toilet seat itself can be useful in that you don’t need to walk into a public toilet to use it.
You can just grab a drink from a vending machine,” said Mark Smith, a marketing manager with the Dublin City Council.”
You can also use it in the kitchen to do a dishwashing.
“For a business like this, it’s really easy to add in a toilet to the equation, as it’s a lot more accessible.”
There are around 4,500 toilets in the public water supply in Dublin, according to the DWMA, with about 600 of those being in the private sector.
Some people in the area are concerned about the possibility of a sink being built in their neighbourhood.
“I would like it to be the same as the water taps, but I think it’s more a waste than a benefit,” said one woman in the neighbourhood.
The study also found that 70 per of the 1,009 people surveyed wanted a toilet in the bathtub.
The toilets could also improve the public’s understanding of what is happening in their citys wastewater system.
“One of the main points that we hear from people when they hear about Dublin’s water is that it’s dirty, it smells bad, there’s no life in it, it looks like the city was built in a bath,” said Mr Kelly.