November 19th is World Toilet Day. The World Toilet Organization created WTD to raise global awareness of the struggle 2.6 billion face every day without access to proper, clean sanitation. See Amber Keenoy’s Global Green “the Water Quality Crisis” part one and part two.
In honor of WTD I would like to share some information on saving water when you flush!
Did you know that your older toilets can use as much as five gallons — five gallons!
Low Flow and Dual Flush
Next let me talk about the dual flush toilet. There are many available today from under $100. I bought two at COSTCO for $98 each and have been using them for over a year and they are saving me a lot of water! All of the discount home improvement stores as well as the plumbing supply store, carry an assortment of dual flush and low flow toilets to choose from. The dual flush gives you the option of a 1 gallon flush for liquid only and a 1.6 for, well you get the picture!
The Next step in Water Saving Toilets
Here’s the way it works. After you do your business, you use the sink to wash your hands. The sink uses fresh water, but that water is then stored in the tank as grey water. And then when the toilet is flushed, it uses the grey water instead of more fresh water.
The unit also includes a dual-flush, so it is already designed for efficiency.
But the use of the integrated sink only serves to boost the efficiency by eliminating the need to pump fresh water into the bowl.
And think about that for a minute: fresh, clean water, straight from a wastewater treatment facility, is pumped into the billions of flush toilets in around the world. There’s no reason for that and it not only wastes the water, it wastes the considerable energy that went into cleaning and delivering that water to the building in the first place.
Replacing a perfectly good toilet with the a new one is a bit wasteful so what do you do?
If you are not in need of a new toilet at this time, how about a dual flush conversion kit. It is a simple insert that you put in your existing toilet to convert it to a dual flush system. There are a few different ones on the market and the prices vary from $17 – $30.
Another option is a DIY toilet top sink from sink positive. It installs on your existing toilet, you use the water to wash your hands and it refills the tank for the next flush!
The old flush toilet is getting a face lift and it is all in the name of water conservation, that’s a Green thing! We like that!
Until next time, “Think Green, Live Green and Go Green America”
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