If it’s time for a new toilet in your Omaha home, you know have three great water-saving options to choose from.Image and video hosting by TinyPic

First, a little about the origin of low-flush toilets.  They were introduced in the U.S. in 1992 as a major step toward greater water conservation throughout the land.

If you own a toilet built before 1980, it needs 7 more gallons of water for every flush:  talk about wasteful!  Then came the 3-5 gallon variety, built between 1980 and 1992.  A major improvement, of course, but technology continued to evolve.

Starting in 1992, all toilets in the U.S. must average no higher than 1.6 gallons per flush, and it’s only a matter of time before that requirement is further reduced.  That’s because you can now flush a toilet with as little as 1.1 gallons of water, and without any loss of pressure.

Today, these are you 3 basic choices:

  1. Ultra Low-Flush.  These are the first generation of water savers and are still very popular choices.  There’s one flushing mode for both liquid and solid waste where each flush requires 1.6 gallons of water, with the same or even greater flushing power than what you’re used to.
  1. High Efficiency.  If toilets ran a popularity contest, these guys are the likely winners with more than 1,100 models currently available.  Over the years there have been remarkable improvements in their performance where noImage and video hosting by TinyPicw a high efficiency toilet consumes an average of just 1.3 gallons per flush with sufficient water pressure to avoid double flushing.
  1. Dual-Flush.  Talk about technology on the move!  First introduced in Europe, Australia, and other water-conscious areas, dual flush toilets require just 1 gallon of water for liquid waste (half flush) and 1.3 for solid waste (full flush), with an overall average of 1.1 gallons per flush.  Again, the water pressure is totally adequate for the purpose they serve.

How do you know if the toilet you’re considering buying meets current U.S. criteria?  That’s easy:  just look for the Water Sense label.

At Burton, we offer all three types of low-flush toilets, including our expert installation service.  So if today is your day to start conserving even more water around the house, contact us today to schedule service.  In the meantime, we’ll be happy to answer all your questions.

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