LOW FLOW TOILETS
The toilet is the single biggest water user in your home. Flushing accounts for about 38%, more than a third, of the water used within your home each day. Replacing an old model toilet with a new low-consumption toilet could automatically and permanently cut your home water consumption by 25% or more.
Massachusetts State Plumbing Code requires that all new or replacement
installations of two-piece tank-type and floor-mounted flushometer toilets
use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush. These toilets are called low-consumption,
low-flush, or ultra low-flush. Since all low-consumption toilets do not
perform equally, consumers should make informed purchase decisions. This
information will be helpful, but should not substitute for the professional
judgment of a licensed plumber or engineer.
efficiency dishwashers use about 6-10 gallons of water per load of
dishes (some use as little as 3.7 gallons!). Compare that to 9-12
gallons per load for average dishwashers and 20 gallons for hand washing.
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Updated November 9, 2006