Today marks the end of Canada Water Week and it is also World Water Day so I have been thinking a lot about our water consumption this week. On my drive home from work yesterday I heard a discussion on 102.1 The Edge about flushing the toilet. You know the old saying "If it's yellow let it mellow...if it's brown flush it down". Growing up this was big when camping (if you had the luxury of having indoor toilets) or when at a cottage. But what about at home? Is it too gross to consider doing? I will admit that the last thing I need when I get up in the morning is seeing and smelling Joe's 'morning pee'. I guess I could take the same approach that I do when camping when having to use an old wooden outhouse. If I don't look down the hole then I don't know that there are spiders down there!
Okay so let's get personal and talk about how much water could be saved at home by letting things mellow (notice I said at home....doing this at work is ridiculously far beyond my level of crunchiness). If Monday-Friday you flushed the toilet 4 times/day and Saturday-Sunday 6 times/day that would be 32 flushes a week (1 person). If you have a standard toilet each flush is 18L (4.8gal) down the drain which means a total of 576L (152gal) per week of water used. Your annual total for water used for flushing the toilet is 29,952L (7,912gal).
Now what if you flushed the toilet 50% of the time? That would save 14,976L (3,956gal) per year per person!
Now what if you installed a low flow toilet (6L/1.6gal per flush)? That would save you 19,968L (5,275gal) per year per person!
Now what if you installed a low flow toilet (6L/1.6gal flush) and flushed 50% of the time? That would save you 24,960L (6,594gal) per year per person!
Just think about the number of people in your home and how much water you could save if you could just get past the whole looking at someone else's pee thing. I know I am thinking about it.
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