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How to reduce water used by toilets January 4, 2010

Posted by WaterWise Consulting in water conservation.
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By reducing the amount of water used in bathrooms, you can save a significant amount of water. Toilets are often one of the highest uses of water in homes, and thus one of the most cost-effective ways of saving water. Here are some ways you can reduce toilet water use:
1. Retrofit toilet with efficient model that had a lower flush rate. Old toilets typically have higher flush rates, sometimes up to 5 gallons per flush. High-Efficiency Toilets flush as little as 1.28 gallons of water per flush.
2. Place water bottles filled with water or sand in your toilet tank. By displacing small volumes of water, your toilet will flush less water each time. However, be cautious about putting too many bottles in your tank as they may reduce the flush volume too much. Also, bottles placed in the toilet’s tank may interfere with the inner workings.
3. To test if your toilet is leaking water, place a few drops of food coloring in the tank. If the coloring begins appearing in the toilet bowl without flushing, your tank is leaking.

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