19Jul

Choosing Water Efficient Toilets

choosing water efficient toiletsIt’s heartening to know that many home owners these days are now making a conscious effort to conserve water, what with all the water shortages being reported the world over. If you’re a home owner who wants to do his part in water conservation, choosing water efficient toilets would be a good place to start.

WELS rated toilets are efficient

If your home has old, traditional toilets, then you are likely wasting a lot of water with every single flush. Know that every time you use your toilet, more than 12 litres of water go down the drain. This certainly isn’t the case with water efficient toilets.

In Australia, you’ll know that a toilet is water efficient if they are WELS rated. WELS stands for Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards, and it’s a scheme that the Australian government has implemented for water-using products, including toilets. It aims to help Australians save more than one billion dollars by 2021 by reducing their water bills with more efficient products.

A WELS-compliant toilet should not exceed 5.5 litres per average flush. That’s a far cry from the figure mentioned earlier concerning traditional toilets. There are even dual-flush toilets that, on average, use up less than 4 litres per flush. Under the WELS scheme, water efficient toilets account for approximately 22 per cent of overall water savings in a household.

What are your options as far as water efficient toilets go? Obviously, a toilet with a WELS rating, which comes in the form of stars, is the best choice. Under the WELS scheme, the higher the rating, the more efficient it is. It also goes without saying that different brands and types of water efficient toilets get varying ratings.

Types of water efficient toilets

As for the types of water efficient toilets, your main options include the previously mentioned dual-flush toilet and a pressure assisted toilet.

As it name suggests, a dual-flush toilet provides separate disposal settings for liquid and solid waste. When all that needs to be flushed is liquid waste, this toilet will only use a little over 3 litres of water. Solid waste, on the other hand, may require 5 to 6 litres of water per flush, and that is in the vicinity of the requirements set by the WELS scheme.

Pressure assisted toilets, meanwhile, are designed to save even more water than dual-flush toilets. Pressure assisted toilets only use about three litres of water per flush for both solid and liquid waste. It’s secret for using less water lies in the fact that it uses compressed air, which releases water into the bowl at a much higher velocity. The downside to this type of water efficient toilet is the noise that it makes because of that burst of pressure.

So which water efficient toilet would you like to have installed at home? Whatever your choice may be, remember that you are most likely going to need the help of professional plumbers to make sure that the water efficient toilet you have chosen is installed properly. That is something Beez Neez Plumbing can definitely help with. Give Beez Neez a call, and they’ll help you make your water conservation goals a reality.