Toilets may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about facility cost reduction, but they actually use large quantities of water, which costs you money. Reducing water use also helps address excess water use, particularly in states that are facing drought. A study done by the Alliance for Water found that switching residences to water-efficient toilets could save over 360 billion potable gallons of water every year. Not only are these savings good for the environment, they’re good for your bottom line.
The current federal gallon per flush (gpf) standard in the U.S. is 1.6gpf, however older and non-efficient tanks use between 3-7gpf. With water prices steadily increasing in many areas, that is money -quite literally – going down the drain. Fortunately, installing new toilets is an easy solution. By replacing older model toilets, businesses can begin to see a return on investment in the form of lower water bills.
Once you’ve made the decision to replace your facility’s toilets, consider looking for units that have earned the WaterSense label from the EPA. WaterSense labeled toilets use no more than 1.28gpf. The EPA has had these toilet models independently tested for quality and performance to insure plumbing systems have adequate flow to function properly, while using between 20 and 60 percent less water than the federal standard. These low-flow toilets operate well below the 3-6gpf of many out dated flushometer-valve toilets currently in use throughout the United States.
Replacing an old model toilet with a new federal standard toilet (1.6gpf) can save around five dollars per one thousand flushes, using a low-flow toilet (<1.28gpf) can save up to six dollars per thousand flushes. In a high traffic facility or business these savings add up quickly. If applicable, you might also consider investing in low-flow WaterSense labeled urinals. Waterless urinals are also an option, which can save up to 40,000 potable gallons of water per unit each year.
As you can see there are numerous options for updating your restroom facilities. Low-flow options have become more affordable, creating an even higher return on investment. Whether you choose to go with federal standard toilets, certified low-flow model toilets, waterless urinals, or low-flow urinals, investing in new bathroom fixtures for your facility will decrease your water usage and start saving you money with the first flush.