Celebrate Efficient Flushing!

Believe it or not, the World Toilet Organization set aside a day in November (19th) to raise awareness for proper sanitation world-wide… World Toilet Day.

The flushable toilet went mainstream in the 1880s, but it wasn’t until the 20th century that bathroom technology really advanced with the invention of flushable valves, water tanks that rest on top of the bowl rather than above, and toilet paper rolls.

Toilets are still being perfected, and the emphasis today is on efficiency. Toilets are by far the main source of water use in the home, accounting for nearly 30% of an average home’s indoor water consumption.  In 1994, Congress required common flush toilets to use only 1.6 gallons of water—less than half of what they’d consumed before. The new “low-flow” toilets left a lot of consumers dissatisfied, due to their inability to remove waste effectively and their tendency to clog. But companies and the federal government have worked to develop better models so that today not only are low flow toilets efficient, quiet, and durable, but new innovations like waterless urinals are making their way to the marketplace that save consumers and businesses money and conserve water for other needs.

Click here to learn more about the history of toilets.  When it’s time to replace a toilet in your home, be sure to take advantage of our High Efficiency Toilet Incentive Program to earn a credit of $75.  

Source: World Toilet Day: Celebrate Improved Sanitation and Efficient Flushing! | Department of Energy