How Low (flow) Can You Go?
As strange as it seems in such a lush a city as Vancouver, water conservation is important. In fact, if you live – or are looking to live – in West Vancouver or the UBC Endowment Lands, you are already a part of a residential water meter plan. Paying for the water you use, can really bring the conservation issue “home”.
Also in support of efficient water use is the BC Building Code. As of October 2011 it requires low flow toilets to be installed for any new construction or renovation application. The North Shore Toilet Replacement Program supports this initiative with a $50 credit.
The problem – not all low flow toilets work well. The question is: How low can you go before the process becomes inefficient? In researching this question, I came to learn that it’s not the volume of water that makes the difference. The shape of the bowl, flow of water around it, and the exit out the bottom all contribute to the effectiveness of waste removal without clogs lower down. Some manufactures and models are so poor that they consistently require two or more flushes to get the job done and clog easily.
In the low flow toilet blog series I will review how to get the best buy for your money. And remember, we’ve taken out many bad ones and replaced them with good ones; you can always just phone and ask us!