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Choosing a Low Flow Toilet
January 16, 2007
Choose the Best Low Flow Toilet
Mother Earth News Magazine
by Steve Maxwell
Did you know if every home replaced their old toilet with a new high
efficiency toilet, more than 900 billion gallons of water would be
saved each year? That's enough to supply almost 10 million households,
per the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
If the toilets in your home are from the mid-1990s or earlier, then
consider installing new ones to save big on your water bills. All new
models are "low-flow" toilets -- by law they can use no more than 1.6
gallons of water per flush. Prior to 1994, most toilets on the market
used at least 3.5 gallons, or about 20 gallons of water per person per
day -- the most water used by any household appliance.
But while some low-flow models work well, others do not. That's
because to comply with the federal regulations on toilets' water use,
some manufacturers initially reduced the volume of water that
discharges from the tank, without also making the necessary design
adjustments. New designs have improved the performance of many models,
but some still do not flush thoroughly.
Finding a low-flow, gravity-flush or pressure-assist toilet that
performs well is now easier than ever, thanks to Veritec Consulting,
which publishes toilet performance results
several times a year in a report that has become the industry standard
for rating toilets. See Half the Water, Twice the Flush
in the Aug/Sept 2006 issue of Mother Earth News for Veritec's toilet performance ratings.
If you're looking for more information on upgrading toilets read Green
a Mother Earth News Wiser Living Book. Highly recommended by the
editors of Mother Earth News, "Green Remodeling" is a comprehensive
guide for green renovation solutions. For more details, see below.
We'd also love to hear what you've done or are planning to do to lower
your water consumption. Please share your comments and ideas.
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