Reduce Your Water Usage This Summer with Low Flush Toilets
Now more than ever it’s important that we conserve our resources; water being one of the most important and precious resources we need to protect. While the majority of our Earth’s surface is covered with water, a very small percentage is actually drinkable and usable for human beings and animals, making protecting what little we have vital.
Conserving water is something very easily done within the home and can actually start in your home bathroom with your toilets. In this article, we’ll explore what low flushing toilets are and how they can help, how low flow toilets work, and how monitoring your water use is essential to the protection of our planet.
What Are Low Flushing Toilets?
In 1992, the U.S government mandated that all new toilets sold in the country were low-flow. This was an important step towards bettering our water conservation efforts as it lessened by half the amount of water that was being used for each flush.
Just to give you an idea of this, before low flushing toilets each flush would use about 3.5-7 gallons per flush, while low flushing toilets are limited to only using 1.6 or fewer gallons per flush.
How Do Low Flushing Toilets Work?
Utilizing gravity and pressure-assisted tech, low flushing toilets have certainly come a long way since the 90s when they first began to be used in homes. Initially, many toilet manufacturers simply reduced the size of the toilet’s water tank in order to reduce the amount of water used.
However, this didn’t achieve a good flush and gave the experience of a clogged toilet, which irritated many homeowners; it also resulted in a lot of double-flushing which negated the resolution people were seeking. Since that time, however, the toilets have been remodeled in design to both conserve water and be more effective for use.
The hydraulics of the tanks and bowls have been improved to help water flow, and the flapper has been improved as well. With these improvements, low-flushing toilets work just as well if not better than their higher water consumption toilet counterparts, but have the added benefit of saving about 50% more water.
Doing Your Part to Reduce Water Use
When each of us does our small part to help reduce and conserve our water use it equals big savings overall. Your reading of this article and consideration for how you can improve upon efforts to support conservation of our planet’s resources is so valuable - thank you for doing so.
If we all continue on this path, we’re sure to see impactful improvements over time that really help our planet and its environment improve. Don’t stop with just water conservation efforts! There are so many ways in which our environment can benefit from our efforts.
You might consider ways to reduce your energy usage at home or better your recycling efforts by reusing containers and paper, or even begin carpooling with coworkers in order to reduce your emissions contributions. Every action, no matter how small, goes a long way!