Replacing an 85-year-old toilet will save thousands of gallons a year

Replacing an 85-year-old toilet will save thousands of gallons a year

It's never too late to go green, as one Palo Alto, Calif., resident found out when he decided to replace a toilet that dated from 1928.

The City of Palo Alto Utilities staff did a double take when a recent rebate request came through for the replacement of a toilet manufactured in 1928, which was based on a model patented in 1922.

This was the oldest toilet to ever come through the City’s long-standing water conservation rebate program. The resident making the request will not only receive $125 in rebates, but will be saving water and money every time his family flushes from now on.

“At first I didn’t think low flow toilets worked very well, so I didn’t want to replace my very old, working toilet even though it used 12 gallons per flush. When I discovered that newer, high efficiency toilets were both reliable and only used 1.28 gallons per flush, I finally decided to take the plunge and make the switch,” remarked the resident, who prefers to stay anonymous, although he is happy to have his old toilet become famous.

The replacement of their aging toilet with a new high-efficiency (HET) model will save this household about 120 gallons of water per day, or more than 43,000 gallons per year. That’s enough water to fill an average-sized swimming pool or over 1,400 bathtubs.

And the savings may even be greater, as the the estimated savings above are based only on the difference between the flush volume of the new and old toilets. But there may have been leakage that was wasting water as well.

Most people don’t realize that a leaking toilet can waste up to 15,000 gallons of water per month, not to mention the over $80 drain on its owner’s wallet.

While most older toilets in homes and businesses probably use half as much water as this resident’s 1928 model, for many people there’s still a whole lot of water being wasted with every flush. Unless you already have a HET, you’re sending needless water down the sewers---and spending needless dollars to do it.

Read more about water-saving devices.

Topics: Bathroom, Sinks & Toilets, Water Saving Devices

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