I know what you’re thinking. Sometimes when you go to do #2 the last thing you are concerned with is saving water, right?
Toilet Flushing History
When the toilet came onto the scene, and “water conservation” was a term of the future, it used a generous 7 gallons of water per flush. In the 1990s, water conservation became a priority and toilet manufacturers were given the task to change toilet requirements to only 1.6 gallons per flush. Unfortunately, the efficiency of the design was not a priority and “low flow” toilets quickly became a dirty word.
Toilet manufacturers stepped up to the bowl and began making changes in the basic design of our household toilet. No longer was the original design that used only gravity and 7 gallons of water practical.
Since gravity alone would not do the job with only 1.6 gallons of water, changes have been made to make the exit a quicker smoother ride and the amount of water bursts through a larger flush valve.
While changing the basic gravity assisted toilet was a needed accomplishment, another type of toilet available is the pressure-assisted flush toilet. This type uses pressurized air in the tank to help the 1.6 gallons of water do its job with a little extra boost. These tend to be noisier, but have more power to do the job.
Australia, known as the driest continent, brought us the dual-flush toilet. To put it simply, one button is for #1 (uses only .8 gallons of water) and the other button is for #2 (uses the full 1.6 gallons).
Water conservation should always be on everyone’s “green list”. No matter which toilet you’d like to have in your home, Rick’s Plumbing can help! Check out our money saving coupons and then give Rick’s Plumbing a call. If you need it quick, call Rick!