In With the New Out With the Old…Toilet


This fall I was committed to renovating my old 1980’s style bathroom. Now that it is done my wife and I disagree a bit about what the coolest feature of the new bathroom is, she likes the claw foot bathtub, but I am excited about the toilet. Yeah, the toilet.

Anyone who works in water supply policy or infrastructure will sooner or later come down to a conversation about toilets- they are our urban water hogs, just sitting in our bathrooms using way too much pure drinking water each year.

The EPA has developed a certification- WaterSense – that easily allows you to identify some of the most water efficient toilets available.

The typical toilet these days uses about 1.6 gallons of pure drinking water quality water per flush- the real water hogs use 3.5 gallons per flush. A WaterSense toilet will use at most 1.28 gallons per flush, which is a nice water savings compared to the old models.

Now there is a new wave of toilets out there- ‘Ultra High Efficiency’ – and being a toilet geek I was drawn to one of those because it uses only 0.8 gallons per flush! (Definitely check out an example video).

The best thing about the whole process of buying and installing a new toilet- I live in a community that has a toilet rebate. It is worth it to the water utility because as we reduce our water use, it reduces wear and tear on the utility’s infrastructure and adds to the overall water supply of the system by reducing overall demand. It is a win all the way around.

Check out your toilet and if you are using an old water hog- look into updating it with a WaterSense labeled toilet… make it a simple New Year’s Resolution!