A Low Flow Toilet


Remember when a “low flow toilet” was one of those 3-1/2 gallon-per-flushjobs with a brick in the tank? It was all the rave once upon a time. You’d simply place a regular brick in a standard toilet tank and it would displace a brick’s worth of water. Wonder who came up with that.

Sometimes it worked and you could save a little money, but mostly they malfunctioned because toilets weren’t designed to flush with less water!

I can remember my parents told all their friends about how much money they saved by doing this!

What they didn’t tell them was that it worked on the toilet in the guest bath, but not on the one in the master bedroom! That one constantly clogged until dad took the brick out.

Today toilets are designed to use less than half that amount of water per flush. And, new and exciting (to the toilet world) technologies and systems are being incorporated to make these even more functional.

Some have larger drains, more conducive bowls and computer assisted design. New materials are also playing a part.

There are even toilets that give gravity a hand through physics, air pressure and inline water pressure! And, as these new technologies become more common, the prices will surely come down.

In 2005 the National Energy Policy Act (NEPA) required these to use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush. The first ones were inefficient and irritating … and usually the user would have to flush twice! Not only that, but they often got clogged and would be hard to unstop. Those days are gone.

Today, most of the bugs have been worked out and toilet research and development is bringing this appliance into the twenty-first century.

If you have an older house with one of those older units and you want to save money and the planet or if you’d simply like to find out more, searchlow flow toilet or new toilet technology using the Bing Custom Search Box over on the right of this page. If yours is a really old house, and you want to keep the antique appliance, though, try a brick first.

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