I don’t have a lot to say today but I thought I would at least pop in and share a handy water saving tip with everyone. Many of us are concerned with issues like water conservation but oftentimes we forget that the little things can add up and make a big difference.
Today I’ll be talking about toilet water. I know, I know… not everyone’s favorite topic but you’ll like this one. Most of use don’t like to think about our toilets because when we do, it’s usually because we have to clean them or unclog them. Don’t worry; what I’m going to be talking about today doesn’t have anything to do with those unpleasant chores.
Instead, I’ll be talking about adjusting how much water our toilets use when we flush them. Virtually everyone on the planet has heard that standard household toilets use way more water than they need to use when we flush them.
Here’s a little interesting trivia. Many of the toilets that are still in use in US homes use between 3 and 7 gallons of water each time they are flushed!!!! Can you believe that?
Let’s do a little math. Let’s assume that there are five people living in a home and they each flush the toilet in their home 3 times a day. Based on 3 gallons per flush that works out to 9 gallons of water per day or 3,285 gallons of water per year for one person just to flush the toilet. If every person in the house flushes three times a day, that works out to 45 gallons a day for the household or 16,425 gallons per year for nothing more than flushing the toilet!
Now let’s do the math based on a toilet that’s on the extreme end of the spectrum that uses 7 gallons per flush. That works out to 21 gallons per person per day or 7,665 gallons per year. For the entire family it works out to 105 gallons per day or 38,325 gallons per year! Can you believe that? Those numbers are staggering!!!
How To Conserve Water With Your Toilet
If you’re sickened by these statistics there are some things that you can do to make a difference. The first is to replace your old toilet with a modern toilet that only consumes 1.6 gallons per flush. Toilets aren’t really that expensive but you may be able to conserve water without forking over money to install a new low flow toilet. All you need to do is make a simple adjustment.
There’s an easy experiment that you can do to find out exactly how much water your toilet really needs to flush. Look behind your toilet for the shut off valve and when you find it, close it so that when you flush the toilet it doesn’t automatically fill back up. If you can’t find it, just lift the top of the toilet tank off and take hold of the big round thing that floats in the tank that is used to shut your toilet off when it’s full. You’re going to want to gently lift up on this float so that when the water leaves the tank, it won’t automatically fill back up.
Now, flush the toilet and let all of the water that is in the tank drain out. Next it’s time to find out how much water your toilet really needs to flush properly. Start by pouring 2 gallons of water in the tank. It’s probably easiest to just use an empty milk jug for this part of the experiment. If your toilet is old, it will probably take at least this much to flush so 2 gallons is a good starting point. Now that you have 2 gallons of water in the toilet try and flush it. If it flushes fine, you know that your toilet only needs to use 2 gallons when you flush it. You’ll probably have to try this a couple of times to figure out just how much water needs to be in the tank for each flush.
If the float valve on your toilet is easy to adjust, the solution to your gluttonous toilet is to simply adjust it so that when the tank has 2 gallons in it, the float valve will shut off the water flow. Then put the lid back on the tank and your done! Every time you flush the toilet from then on, you’ll be conserving water.
Another Toilet Water Conservation Trick
Another trick is to use something to displace the water in the tank. I’ve heard of people using large rocks and even bricks to do this. We prefer to take a plastic bottle and fill with gravel. Then we tighten the lid and set it in the tank. If you want to do this, you just have to make sure that the plastic container is sized appropriately so that it displaces the amount of water you want your toilet to conserve.
If you decide to put something in the tank that will displace water, make sure it’s clean and that it’s not something like a big piece of metal that will rust. Also be careful that whatever you put in the tank doesn’t restrict the movement of any of the mechanisms like the flap or the float. The last thing you want to do is put something in your tank that will prevent the float from shutting off the water and end up flooding your entire house!
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