Save the World One Flush at a Time

It seems that not a day goes by where there aren’t reports in the media about how we are destroying the environment.

Over the past few years people’s attitudes towards the environment has changed and lots of us are far more conscientious than we used to be.  Many of us recycle, try not to take unnecessary car journeys and think carefully about the amount of energy we use in our homes.

However, for most people this conscientious attitude does not extend into the bathroom. Toilets are a commonplace site and an appliance that we all take for granted, but have you ever thought about how much water you are using every time you flush?

Within the average home it’s the toilet that consumes the majority of the water we use. According to the Alliance for Water Efficiency household toilets use almost forty percent of total household water, which is more than a third of all water used in homes.

However, this is all changing thanks to the popularity of low-flush toilets. Today, all new builds have low flush toilets fitted and many people choose the low flush option when remodelling their bathrooms.

This type of toilet uses less than 6 litres of water per flush whereas older models can use between 13 and 27 litres which illustrates just how much more ecologically sound low flush toilets are.

But how can you use so little water and still ensure that waste that goes into your toilet is flushed effectively and travels through the sewers to the correct destination? This is achieved through using a sewer dosing unit, which is a powerful pump that is fitted in a sewer system and allows waste to be carried further using less water.

In fact, research has shown that a sewer dosing unit can push solid waste twenty five metres along a typical sewer pipe using less than 0.8 litres of water.

As part of government policy regarding water usage all new homes are required to have low flush toilets installed. If you want to reduce the amount of water you use then having a low flush toilet is a really effective way to do it.

Consult a plumber to find out what type of toilet you have and whether it would be possible to install a low flush toilet in your home.

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