Q. We are building a new home and we are going to be purchasing a new toilet. What is your opinion of low flush toilets? We installed a low flush toilet in our old house and found that it did not work as well as our 20-year-old toilet. It seemed like we had to flush more often which seems to end up using more water. We have added a water saving device called the water wizard to one of our existing toilet and this seems to work out well. What are your thoughts on this?
A. I think retrofitting outdated fixtures in the home with newer water saving ones is always the best way to conserve our water and resources. I’m aware, not everyone has been happy with their low flush toilets in the past however, there are many low flush toilets that have improved the function of the 6L flush using less water to give you a better flush. Also, check with your municipal office since many require the installation of 6-litre toilets in new construction vs. the earlier “watersaver” 13-litre toilets and even older 20+ litre toilets. I actually would suggest you consider a dual flush toilet. I like the ToTo Dual Flush systems which allows you to select a short flush (three litres) or long flush (six litres) and performs well in comparison to the 6-litre and 13-litre toilets.
I should also note that anyone who is currently using an older 20-litre toilet should install a good quality water saving device like the “Water Wizard” since it’s easy to install saving 1 gallon of water per flush. They are available though the HouseSmart Referral office, by calling 604-542-2236 or toll free 1-888-266-8806.