Thursday, January 17, 2008

New toilets with less water--again (link)

"Four new takes on the traditional flush are now making a splash in the new construction scene, especially following the recent passage of California's AB 715. This water-saving piece of legislation requires that all toilets sold in the Golden State comply with a new lower limit of 1.28 gpf (gallons per flush) by 2014.   ...

A few industry heavy-weights have groused about what happened in 1994 when the feds dropped the allowable gpf maximum from three to 1.6 gallons. Complaints from customers about the toilets not operating properly were usually leveled at the plumbing contractors and not the manufacturers for poor performance design. This left many a small business owner footing the bill for callbacks and new installation."

Link: Andrew & Stacy: The Green Team -- Toilets are putting on the dog whilst curbing the hydrant  (

I remember those new toilets!  We had to call plumbers more frequently.  (We still do.)  Some of these new toilets will need power assists, which means when you don't have power, you can't flush.     (After Hurricane Jeanne, we were without power for several days.  Other people even longer; but we never had a problem flushing as long as we had water.)  Or the new toilets could use air pressure.  Btw, I wonder what might happen if the air pressure accumulates...  And you can get choices of flush capacity. 


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