A toilet upgrade can do more than provide an aesthetic fix for the bathroom– it can save you a great deal of water. Dan Chiras writes for Mother Earth News:
“With water shortages becoming more common, numerous states and nations are enacting regulations to conserve water. The efforts have centered primarily on water efficiency — ways to meet our needs using the least amount of water. One popular approach is the installation of high-efficiency toilets to replace old, water-intensive ones, which consume as much as 7 gallons per flush. If your home has an old toilet, it makes sense — economically and environmentally — to replace it with a water-conserving model that will use about 55 percent less water than a conventional toilet.”
Residents of Aurora, Ontario, may understand the importance of water conservation, as everybody else in Canada. Some studies have shown that Canadians use around 10,000 litres on average per month– with up to 30% used just to flush the toilet. When the water bill has gone up and you think your toilet flush is one of the reasons behind it, you must let experts at plumbing in Aurora, like those from Harris Plumbing, have a go at replacing the system.
When choosing a low-flush toilet, you have three options to choose from: the single-flush, high-efficiency (HET), and ultrahigh-efficiency (UHET) models. Single-flush units use 1.6 gallons per flush while HET models use the same amount in dealing with solid waste but only 0.9 gallons for liquid material. UHETs use air pressure to force water and waste in the bowl down to the sewage line while replenishing water on the bowl– it only takes one gallon to flush.
In consulting an expert plumber for the replacement toilet, task him to measure the rough-in (the distance from the wall behind the toilet to the closest floor bolt); the objective is for the toilet to fit in without hitting the wall. A check of their catalogue can reveal which low-flush toilet has the appropriate rough-in. You will also need to inquire from the provincial government regarding rebates for low-flush toilets.
Low-flush toilets do cost a modest sum, but the return on investment can come before long. Some studies claim that a single-flush unit servicing a family of four can result in savings of up to 14,000 gallons of water a year.
Every pint conserved counts in an age of water conservation. When you upgrade your toilets with the help of Barrie plumbing companies like Harris Plumbing, you play a big part in helping the country preserve more water.
(Source: Best Options for High-Efficiency Toilets, Mother Earth News)