We’re renovating our bathroom next week, so we’ve been shopping around for a new toilet, bathtub and shower, and other fixtures. We discovered a Dual Flush Toilet at Kent Building Supplies (an Atlantic Canada company, which I’ll support over the big-boys like Home Depot). Regular toilets use 6 liters (1.6 gallons) of water when flushing. A dual flushing toilets has two methods of flushing: 4.1 liters (1.1 gallons) or 6 liters. That water savings appeals to me, even though we’re not on a water meter: it’s the conservation I like. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation did a study on dual flush toilets, concluding:
Dual-flush toilets perform well in comparison to 6-litre and 13-litre toilets based on water consumption rates, saving an average of approximately 26 per cent more water than single-flush 6-litre toilets when used in replacement programs…
In terms of market penetration, dual-flush toilets are likely to compete best with upper-end 6-litre toilets given the similarity in cost and the emphasis on water savings. While reduced water consumption is most likely only one of several factors considered by those purchasing a new toilet, the fact that dual-flush toilets save more water than single-flush 6-litre toilets presents an added benefit that could be promoted.
Interesting rumor: Dual flush toilets are compulsory in Australia. I could not confirm this, though.
We also getting a one piece shower/bathtub, which we’re hoping will be easier to clean than what we have now.
Maybe I’ll post before and after pictures.