Do you still have an old toilet, pre 1994? If so, then you are using a lot of drinking water every time you flush your toilet. Older toilets waste a huge amount of water, they use approximately 3.5 gallons of drinking water every time you flush. That can add up to an average of 20.1 gallons of water per person, per day, about the equivalent of one bath. These older toilets account for around 30% of indoor water use. And it takes considerable amounts of emissions-producing energy – to say nothing of chemicals – to treat all this water, both at the water treatment and sewage treatment plants. By installing a low-flow toilet you can save all that extra drinking water from being flushed down the sewers.
Congress, in an effort to conserve resources, reduced the amount of water which newly manufactured toilets could flush, to 1.6 gallons per flush. The first generation of low-flow toilets had some problems with this low water, however low-flow toilets have greatly improved since they were first introduced. There have been design modifications and outright changes to the method of waste disposal to make low-flow toilets more efficient. There are also dual-flush low-flow toilets available, where you have two options when flushing. Most dual flush toilets flush 1.6 gallons on the main flush and as low as .08 gallons per flush on the rinse flush.
Something else to consider if you are replacing your toilet is to get a high-rise toilet (also known as comfort-height or chair-height). They don’t set as low and can really aid aging-in-place.
Whether your motivation is to be more environmentally responsible, or just saving money, installing a more efficient toilet is an effective and easy way to start to upgrade your bath.
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