The recently opened service building near the top of the Trollstigen road has 17 Jets™ vacuum toilets, supplied by local plumbing company Harald Sylte AS. (From National Tourist Route Geiranger-Trollstigen. Architect: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter AS. Photo: Jarle Wæhler / PRA)

Tourist Routes showcase sustainable Jets™ solutions

(Thursday, June 21, 2012)

Prestigious Norwegian Tourist Route project benefits from Jets™ technology.

On June 16th the National Tourist Routes in Norway were declared open by the Norwegian Minister of Transport, alongside one of the most spectacular stretches of road in the Tourist Route project – the Trollstigen road – where water saving vacuum toilets from Jets™ provide a high standard of sanitation to motorists. A total of 18 roads are part of the Tourist Route project, a prestigious undertaking in which magnificent viewing platforms and service buildings have been constructed near famous attractions. At several of these, the Public Roads Administration has benefitted greatly from the use of Jets™ sanitary systems supplied by plumbing companies local to the attractions.

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Remote locations

The Trollstigen road closes in the winter, but during the busy summer season as many as 500,000 people stop there. And just like many other of the attractions, the Trollstigen road is in a remote location far away from public water supply and sewerage, tells Sales Manager Magnus Holstad of Jets™:

- More often than not, there is no access to municipal water and sewer connections along these roads. Wells are drilled to secure a water supply, and the sewage is collected in holding tanks. Combined with the high number of visitors using the restrooms, this adds up to water and sewerage challenges at the service buildings in the tourist season. By using our water saving vacuum toilets, the Public Roads Administration has reduced water consumption and sewage volumes by 80-90%. First of all, this allows for a much better use of the often limited available water. Secondly, it greatly increases the emptying intervals of holding tanks, which means lower emptying costs, he says.

High standard

Although they reduce water and sewage volumes, vacuum toilets have the same user comfort as traditional toilets. The only difference experienced by the user is that Jets™ toilets use very little water. Only one liter per flush to be precise, as opposed to at least six liters in traditional toilets. By using vacuum however, the flushing process is still every bit as hygienic and efficient as expected. In other words, the technical benefits of using vacuum toilets are not gained at the expense of the user, Holstad points out.

 - The service building at Trollstigen has both a water source and mains power, but in other locations the Public Roads Administration has fully experienced that our vacuum toilets can provide the comfort of home anywhere. At the Flotane rest stop by the Aurlandsfjellet mountain pass for instance, solar panels supply the power needed for both the toilet system and other equipment. Without mains power, water and sewer, it would be challenging to build a rest stop with toilets by a stretch of road as isolated as this using traditional technology. But our products are capable of meeting this exact type of challenge, states Holstad.

Showcase

With half a million visitors annually from all over the world, the new service building by the Trollstigen road could fast become a valuable showcase for Jets™. And it is not the first building to achieve that effect for Jets™:
 - A very good example is the Norwegian Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, which was equipped with our vacuum toilets. The reduction in water consumption there did not go unnoticed. But it is nice to demonstrate how our products can contribute to solving this type of challenge at home in Norway as well, not least in these amazingly well-designed buildings at tourist attractions with so many visitors. The 2010 World Expo only lasted a year, while the Trollstigen building is “a monument which will stand well into the future”, to quote the Minister of Transport’s speech at the opening ceremony. So we naturally appreciate very much the Public Roads Administration’s decision to use Jets™ technology both at Trollstigen, which will be an international showcase for years to come, and at other service buildings in the Tourist Route project, says Holstad.

For more information on the Norwegian National Tourist Routes:
See www.nationaltouristroutes.no and www.vegvesen.no (both sites have an English language option)


 
The Stegastein viewing platform in Sogn has a service building next to it with Jets™ vacuum toilets, supplied by local plumber company Grønsberg & Sønner AS. (From National Tourist Route Aurlandsfjellet. Architect: Todd Saunders / Saunders & Wilhelmsen. Photo: Jarle Wæhler / PRA)
 
The Stegastein viewing platform in Sogn has a service building next to it with Jets™ vacuum toilets, supplied by local plumber company Grønsberg & Sønner AS. (From National Tourist Route Aurlandsfjellet. Architect: Todd Saunders / Saunders & Wilhelmsen. Photo: Jarle Wæhler / PRA)
 
The Flotane rest stop at Aurlandsfjellet has always attracted motorists. Through the Tourist Route project, it has now been upgraded to include a service building with Jets™ toilets supplied by local plumber company Grønsberg & Sønner AS. (From National Tourist Route Aurlandsfjellet. Architect: Lars Berge. Photo: LJB AS)
 
The service building at Flotane uses solar power to produce its own electricity. The Jets™ toilets were supplied by local plumber company Grønsberg & Sønner AS. (From National Tourist Route Aurlandsfjellet. Architect: Lars Berge. Photo: LJB AS)
 
The service building near Gudbrandsjuvet canyon in Valldal has 9 Jets™ vacuum toilets, supplied by local plumber Harald Starheim. (From National Tourist Route Geiranger-Trollstigen. Architect: Jensen & Skodvin Arkitektkontor AS. Photo: Per Kollstad / PRA)
 
The recently opened service building near the top of the Trollstigen road has 17 Jets™ vacuum toilets, supplied by local plumbing company Harald Sylte AS. (From National Tourist Route Geiranger-Trollstigen. Architect: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter AS. Photo: Jarle Wæhler / PRA)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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