Want to change the world? Flush green.
OK, the world changes in small ways at a time, right? And we use way too much water in the USA, right? And a whole lot of that is down the toilet, right? And lots of low-water toilets don’t flush very well, right?
So I think this is serious news.
Came across the Caroma toilets from Australia at the Green Building Supply down in Fairfield, IA. Unlike US toilets, Caromas have two flush buttons: one for urine and one for solids. The urine flush uses only .8 of a gallon of water (compared to most low-water toilets’ 1.6).
Equally wise, it has a 4″ trap so it doesn’t plug (American toilets are 2.5″—a local plumber once told me he had advised a customer to “take a stick and break it up” before flushing). Some Caroma users maintain they have never needed the solids flush button.
They are not cheap – it’ll be a while till I have one – but according to the spreadsheet available here, using them at my place would save four thousand five hundred gallons of water a year!
If you enjoy gizmos (I confess), or your heart beats green, check out their page.
This kind of thing really is part of honorable stewardship of what God’s given us. Really!
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