For much of Los Angeles early history, resource allocation meant bringing water to its citizens through remarkably ingenious means (Well divert a lake!) but little foresight (Well suck it dry in a decade!). Contemporary L.A. does better in regulating its profligate thirst, but as Krug sees it, there are new frontiers of water conservation that beg to be explored.
Krugs company, Falcon Waterfree Technologies, believes conservation is best served by relentlessly focused products. He makes urinals that require no running water, thanks to a biodegradable sealant liquid whose density is lower than that of urine. In high-volume commercial settings, a Falcon urinal conserves 40,000 gallons of water per year. Since the first installation in 2001, the company says more than 150,000 urinalseverywhere from the Staples Center to the Taj Mahalhave saved roughly 17 billion gallons.
With a résumé heavy on high-profile legal and executive positions at Paramount and Disney, Krug himself does not shout toilet entrepreneur. At his core, however, he is a businessman. When you launch brand-new technology, theres no established path, he says. And frankly, thats exciting.