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low water toilets discussed in grey water podcast #2.

 
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Hey Paul,
You said that you thought low-flow toilets use 3.2 gallons of water, and that you disagreed with the books statement that they use 1.6 gallons.
All my toilets in any house I've built, 1992, 1999 and 2010, each toilet had a 1.6 gallon flush.

Here is an article on the low flow toilets.
http://www.hgtv.com/decorating/the-lowdown-on-low-flow-toilets/index.html

Just thought you might want to update that trivia in your head.
 
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It comes from standing in front of them and reading it written on the toilet. This is how I know that there are 3.8 liters to a gallon:  on a urinal it says 1.0 gpf / 3.8 lpf

From wikipedia:  Pre-1994 residential and pre-1997 commercial flush toilets use 3.4 US gallons (13 L) of water per flush (gpf or lpf). In 1992, the United States Congress passed the Energy Policy Act of 1992, which mandated that beginning in 1994 common flush toilets use only 1.6 US gallons (6.1 L)
 
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And, further, with the newer toilets, I usually end up flushing at least three times for ... uh ... the big jobs.  So that would be 4.5 gallons instead of 3 gallons of water used.

 
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All Understandable Paul! Flushing the big stuff multiple times can be a godsend!

But there are toilets that will take the full load in a single shot. The American Standard "Champion" is in fact a "CHAMP." I was clogging our toilet every other day, so I replaced it with one of these.  I never clogged it once, and I am an habitual "clogger". I think I put 1/3 roll of TT in it once. It struggled, but didn't clog. It did take two flushes though.

So it can work with the newer designs... They just had to get over the 2" outlet in the tank.

Hey, I just want you to know that I love the podcasts, I learn a lot from them. (more at the beginning as I started from idiot level Wheaton ECO-level .06) So just know that you are making a huge difference in my life anyway.  I have listened to all of them, even the ones that weren't on my "interesting" list.

I'm currently relistening to podcasts 9, 10 & 11 "Making the big bucks with Permaculture" (About raising deer?  i think not!) and I am sharing these with my wife as we have a long term goal of become farmers of a nice 40-60 acre tract someday soon.

She is worried (as am I, if I have to be honest about it) that we will screw something up, make mistakes, fall on our faces, and lose what capital (read "go Broke" we have before we are actually able to make it a going concern.

As a loyal listener, I'd love it if you addressed such a concern. I think that the fear of uncertainty is what keeps most of us from diving into the unknown.

Your fellow Java programmer thanks you,
Richard
 
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Somewhere there is a thread about questions for the podcasts.  Make sure your question is there and the next time we do a questions podcast, Jocelyn will make sure it is covered.
 
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