Summer is coming faster here in Atlanta than you think and with it may come the annual watering restrictions. There are many ways to conserve water. Unfortunately, not everyone is on board with some of the proposed measures. I’m personally not a big fan of the low flow shower head unless it can significantly increase water pressure so I feel like I’m taking a shower in a car wash. Then a thought came to me while pondering upon the porcelain throne.
My throne just isn’t any throne. It’s a dual flush toilet that uses 66% less water than my old toilet and still has great flushing power. I purchased it at a local big box hardware store for $85 and installed it myself (I’m pretty handy). (The toilet to the right is not the actual model but is very similar) For liquids it uses .8 gal/flush and for solids it uses only 1.6 gal/flush compared to my original unit that used 3.5 gallons per any flush. That’s almost 2 gallons per flush less. Now that doesn’t sound like much, but let’s put that into perspective.
Let's take the area I live in for example. According to the census and other info, Towne Lake and the City of Woodstock have approximately 16,000 homes. If every home replaced the one toilet in the house they use the most, with a new low flow unit, we could hypothetically collectively save 32,000 gallons in just one flush. In a single year that’s almost 11.7 Mil gallons. And that’s just Towne Lake and the City of Woodstock! In our house, the one toilet we use the most gets flushed at least 12 times a day, and there are only three of us. Imagine how many times it would get flushed if there were seven people in the house like my neighbors across the street?