The flush toilet is probably one of the greatest inventions of all time. However, it is also one of the most wasteful in terms of water used with every flush. Considering that the water being used by regular flush toilets is often valuable tap water, we have to find ways to save as much water as we can. Water, after all, is not an infinite resource, and wasting it on flushing is not helping in any way.
Thankfully, modern technology has come up with more water-efficient toilets. If older model toilets use up approximately 12 litres of water with each flush, water-efficient toilets like dual-flush ones use only 3 litres per flush. Installing water-efficient will save you a lot of money in the long run, not to mention enable you to help the environment by conserving more water. If you’re going to buy and install water-efficient toilets in your home, here are a few things you should keep in mind.
Aim for starred water-efficient toilets
By that, we mean you should look for a water-efficient toilet with a minimum 3-star rating from the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS). This rating, a requirement on new toilets, indicates how water-efficient they are. The more stars, the more water-efficient the toilet is. Among the multi-starred water-efficient toilets are models that recycle used water from a hand washing basin.
Choose the best water-efficient toilet for your needs
Aside from the water-efficiency rating, you also need to decide on the type of water-efficient toilet which you think would be best for your needs. Apart from dual-flush toilets, there are also pressure-assisted toilets and waterless or composting toilets. You will also have to decide whether you just want to replace the cistern or flushing mechanism or the whole toilet. You can also choose toilets that use rainwater or treated greywater for flushing.
Gather water-efficient toilet quotes from various sources
As with any major purchase, it’s always good to ask for quotes from various suppliers so you can get the best value for your money. When checking the quotes, keep an eye out for the warranties, as they can vary greatly. Aside from the quotes, seeking advice from suppliers and manufacturers regarding additional costs such as new fittings is also recommended.
See if you can get rebates or assistance from the government
The governments typically offer rebates or assistance to those who install water-efficient toilets. Sydney Water customers, for instance, can avail of its WaterFix Service, which provides customers who decide to install water-efficient toilets professional plumbing help for its actual installation for a fixed price.
Installing a water-efficient toilet should always be done by a professional plumber. Do not even try installing the water-efficient toilet yourself, because such a task requires skills and a precision that only professional plumbers can provide. Aside from the professional plumbing help that the local government offers, you also have the option to hire a professional plumber yourself if you want things done as quickly as possible. Give us at Beez Neez Plumbing just one call, and you’ll have your water-efficient toilets installed in your home in no time at all.