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If you live in an older home or apartment, the toilet in your bathroom uses between three to four gallons of water each time you flush. In fact, your toilet is the “largest daily user of water” in your home. Some water conservationists respond by only flushing down bowel movements and posting signs for visitors reading: “If it’s yellow let it mellow; if it’s brown flush it down;” however, the smell and sight of a urine filled toilet is not pleasant. New installations and remodeling projects are left with two flushing options: low-flow toilet or dual flush toilet.
Toilets manufactured after 1992 are mandated by US federal law to “to meet or beat” efficiency standards of 1.6 gallon per flush. Once considered the “bane of the bathroom“, early low-flow toilets had a bad reputation for requiring multiple flushes to get solids down, thus frustrating consumers and not conserving water in the process. Newer models are much more efficient, and many allow consumers to adjust the water output to the perfect amount for their personal use. Instead of relying on gravity, like older toilets, new low-flow toilets may use pressurized air.