If you have been less than impressed with the “Ultra-Low Flush” toilets of the past, you are not alone. Many of the 1.6 gallon per flush toilets manufactured in the 1990s and early 2000s require more than one flush to clear the bowl, negating the promised water savings. Today’s High Efficiency Toilets (HETs) have been completely reengineered and many can flush a very large amount of waste and paper using 1.28 gallons or less!
To ensure that you get a toilet that performs consistently well with just one flush, do your research. Read the online reviews found on seller websites, and make sure you only buy a toilet that has been WaterSense certified. The WaterSense label is used on toilets that are independently certified to meet rigorous criteria for both performance and efficiency.
Another independent toilet testing program is Maximum Performance, or MaP. To date, over 2,800 different tank-type toilet models have been tested, 2,500 of which are reported in the MaP database. Many MaP-approved toilets can flush 1,000 grams of solid waste (over 2 pounds), far more than any human is likely to produce!
Gwinnett County water customers may be eligible for a $100 rebate by replacing an old, inefficient toilet in their single family residential home. Please visit our Toilet Rebate Program page for more information.
Showers are one of the leading ways we use water in the home, accounting for nearly 17 percent of residential indoor water use. Outdated showerheads can use four gallons per minute (gpm) or more. Showerheads sold in Georgia today can use no more than 2.5 gpm, and many models use 2.0 gpm or even 1.5 gpm. Some showerheads also feature a pause button, allowing you to save even more by stopping the water flow while you lather up!
Showerheads that have earned the WaterSense use no more than 2.0 gpm and provide a satisfactory shower that is equal to or better than conventional showerheads. The average family could save 2,900 gallons per year by installing WaterSense labeled showerheads in their home. Since the water savings will reduce demands on water heaters, they will also save energy.
Faucets don’t need to be replaced to become more water efficient. Standard faucets use 2.2 gpm, but old faucets and faucets with no aerators could be using much more. Simply twisting a new aerator onto the end of an old faucet will reduce its flow rate. When purchasing a new aerator, look for one that uses 1.0 or 1.5 gallons per minute. It’s a good idea to bring the old part or faucet measurements with you to the store to be sure you buy the right sized replacement. If you are remodeling your bathroom and would like to replace your entire faucet, look for a WaterSense labeled model. WaterSense bathroom faucets use 30 percent less water than standard faucets without sacrificing performance.