In the average home, the bathroom accounts for the majority of indoor water use. In the average bathroom, the majority of the water used is accounted for by the toilet. Standard toilets use from three to five gallons of water with each flush, with older models using as many as eight gallons. Aside from being used for common bathroom use, the toilet is also sometimes used for trash disposal, and can waste hundreds of gallons through leaks. This all further adds to the amount of water used at this source as well as the cost of residential water. Toilet water conservation can be accomplished with minutes to spare and a few cost-effective tools.
The displacement bag
The toilet tank bank is a displacement bag that is filled with water and placed into the toilet tank. It goes between the intake valve and the tank wall. There is a mounting bracket on the outside of the bag, allowing it to hang on the side wall of the toilet tank. This tool reduces the amount of water used with each flush by 0.8 gallons. It easily pays back its cost of $1.25 with the amount of savings realized.
Tiny toilet water saver
A fill cycle diverter is attached to the fill hose to reduce the amount of toilet water used with each flush. To install, first pull out the hose from the overflow tube. Be sure to remove the hose clip if there is one. Next, the fill cycle diverter should be inserted into the end of the hose. Finally, the diverter should be clipped onto the overflow tube. One arm of the toilet fill cycle diverter should be on the inside of the overflow tube, and one arm should be on the outside. When installed, this $1.20 toilet water saver reduces the amount of water flushed by as much as one-half gallon.
Having more than one option
A dual flush converter is a toilet water saver that is a bit more complex than the previous two discussed, and can save even more water, thousands of gallons every year. This device has two different flushing options: liquids and solids, or half and full. Based on which setting is used, the converter knows how much water is necessary to clear the tank for each flush.
Installation of a dual flush converter depends on the type that is selected as well as the type of toilet it is being installed on. No need to worry, all manufacturers offer detailed installation instructions for converters, and estimate they take no more than half an hour to be successfully put together. Once it has been installed, an average-sized family of four can expect to save as much as thirty gallons of water every day. This type of toilet water conservation tool reduces the amount of toilet water used by 30 percent to 50 percent.
Even silent leaks can be annoying
Approximately one out of every five toilets in the United States is leaking. Regularly testing for, and fixing, toilet leaks not only helps prevent water waste, but it also prevents a waste of money. Water that is lost due to leaks is water that is paid for, but never used. Toilet leaks are often silent, making them difficult to detect.
The most common way to check for leaks is through the use of a dye tablet, which can be purchased with pennies. Take one tablet and drop it in the toilet tank. After a period of approximately 15 to 20 minutes, if there is a leak the water will change color. Another way to know if you have a leak on your hands is to install a leak detection device. The device costs as little as $18, and is installed on the side of the toilet tank. It uses the vibration signature from the fill valve to determine whether a normal flush cycle is occurring, or whether a refill action is taking place in response to a leak in the flapper.
To install a leak detection device, stick the unit to the surface’s outside tank. Remove the tab for battery activation. Then, a green led light will flash, followed by three beeps. Flush after the LED indicator turns red, and you’re done. The light will then turn green once again. Once the device has detected a leak, the green LED indicator will go red. It only turns yellow once the device needs to be replaced. Toilet leaks can waste as much as 500 gallons of water every day they go unfixed. Finding and fixing these leaks prevents this water waste, and reduces the cost of water as well.
An estimated 55 billion gallons of water are flushed every day through toilet systems. That’s a whole lot of water, right? Installing a toilet water saver is a simple way to ensure there is less water being flushed away, or wasted, in your home. Toilet water conservation also helps reduce the impact our homes have on our local water supply as well as our monthly budgets.