Low-flush (or low-flow) toilets are a great way to save green both environmentally and financially. Some toilets can use as much as 7 gallons of water per flush. Low-flow toilets, on the other hand, use around 1.6 gallons per flush. This can save users as much as 13,000 gallons of water a year! That amounts to a savings of $90 a year and $2,000 over the life of the toilet.
Low-flush toilets became popular in the late 80’s and early 90’s when the importance of water conservation became widely known. In 1992, the Energy Policy Act was signed, naming 1.6 gallons as the maximum volume per toilet flush. This resulted in nation-wide savings of both money and water.
Early models of the low-flow toilet had some difficulties. The amount of water in the tank was not enough to effectively remove all the waste. Today, changes have been made to allow for a pressure-assist system which fully removes all waste left in the tank.
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