Replacing Your Toilet? Consider Dual Flush…

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Water conservation is now part of everyone’s life in California, so everything we as Los Angeles residents can do to save water matters. Because the toilet accounts for around a quarter of the water used in the average home, an upgrade here can really make a difference. Less water use is one of the greatest benefits of dual flush toilets, but not the only one.

Water and Cash Savings

Toilets that meet current federal standards use 1.6 gallons of water per flush (gpf). A standard toilet has only one flush handle or button, so it uses a full flush even for a small amount of liquid waste. A dual-flush toilet offers you more choice: a standard flush for solid waste and a smaller, water-saving flush of around 0.8 gallons for liquid waste. In some highly efficient models, the larger flush is just 1.28 gallons.

Depending on the toilet you use now, upgrading to a dual-flush model could cut your water use by up to 65 percent. That leaves more clean water in our natural reserves for wildlife, and our own kitchens and baths. Naturally, the less water you use, the lower your water bills. This could mean even greater savings in the future if worsening water shortages bring higher water prices.

When you’re shopping for an upgrade, look for the WaterSense Label to find the most water-efficient models.

Easier Maintenance

Less clogging is another of the benefits of dual-flush toilets. Older toilet models use the water-siphoning method of flushing, which relies on a long, narrow trapway that’s prone to clogging. Dual-flush toilets use the gravity method. When you flush, a trap door in the toilet bowl opens and waste is flushed down a larger and shorter trapway that can handle up to 12 ounces of solid waste. This means fewer toilet clogs, which saves you time, hassle, and money on plumbing services.