Your toilet - How low-flow can you go?
There are many ways to save water through your toilet use - including reducing the number of times you flush per day, finding and repairing any leaks you have and retrofitting your home and toilets to be more water efficient.
Toilets - Did you know?
- Your toilet is one of the most water guzzling appliances in your home
- 20% of an average Londoner’s daily water use is flushed down the toilet.
- One toilet flush can use up to 18 litres of water.
- Ultra-low flush toilets can use up to 12 litres LESS water per flush while maintaining the same flushing power.
Small things you can do to make a big difference in your water bill:
- Install a low-flow toilet (4.8L or less) to save water every time you flush ensuring it is a WaterSense labelled model.
- Avoid unnecessary flushing. Don't flush tissues, insects, and other waste suitable for the trash can down the toilet.
- Check for any leaks in your toilet by adding food colouring to your water tank and waiting 15-30 minutes to see if the colour spreads to the bowl without flushing. If there is any colour in the bowl, then you have a leak and your toilet needs to be repaired.
- Check your toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts. Replacement parts are inexpensive, readily available and easy to install.
- Replace or adjust the toilet flush handle if it is sticking regularly as this causes water to flow constantly.
- For toilets larger than 6 litres, place a water-filled plastic bottle or commercial toilet insert into the tank. This reduces the volume of water needed to fill the tank, but still provides enough for flushing. Avoid placing items such as bricks in your toilet tank which ultimately crumble and can damage the plumbing of the house.