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Flush With Options

Flush With Options

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    American Standard

    American Standard. The high-efficiency, dual-flush FloWise toilet lets users choose a 1.6-gallon or 0.8-gallon flush and is WaterSense certified. The white toilet has an elongated bowl and is available in standard or taller “right height” sizes. 800.899.2614. www.americanstandard-us.com.
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    Mansfield

    Mansfield. The high-performance, high-efficiency EcoQuantum toilet features pressure-assist, dual-flush technology with a dual-action trip lever that triggers a 1.1-gallon or a 1.6-gallon flush, depending on which way the user pulls the lever. The ADA-compliant, WaterSense-certified unit measures 17?1/4 inches high and qualifies for many water-district rebate programs, the company says. The toilet comes in white, biscuit, and classic bone. 877.850.3060. www.mansfieldplumbing.com.
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    Niagara. The WaterSense-certified Ecologic Flapperless toilet uses tip-bucket technology to create a high-performance, 1.28-gallon flush. The unit features a maintenance-free flush system, and no tank sweating or need to replace flappers, chains, or levers, the company claims. 800.668.4420. www.niagaraflapperless.ca.
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    Quality Craft. 3000 Series toilets are WaterSense certified and MaP approved to dispose of 900 grams in a single flush, according to the company. The toilets feature a 3.3-inch flush valve that maximizes flushing force and a rim wash to clean away debris and bacteria, the manufacturer says. The 2?1/8-inch trapway prevents plugging. A dual-flush feature lets users push one button to flush liquids at 1.1 gpf, or a second button to flush solids at 1.6 gpf. The elongated, comfort-height bowl is ADA approved. 604.575.5550. www.qualitycraft.com.
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    Toto. One- and two-piece Gwyneth high-efficiency toilets feature a 1.28-gpf gravity-fed double-cyclone flush engine. The toilet is WaterSense certified and qualifies for select water utility rebate programs, the manufacturer says. The unit is 17 inches from base to seat, and it cleans itself during each flush as water from two nozzles removes debris and bacteria from the concave rim channel, the company says. 888.295.8134. www.totousa.com.
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    Foremost. The All-in-One elongated version of the dual-flush, 1000 Gram HET toilet is WaterSense certified and uses 1.1 gallons of water for liquids and 1.6 gallons for solids, saving up to 16,000 gallons of water per year for a family of four versus 3.5-gpf models, the company claims. The company’s patented power-assisted flush system uses water to compress air and remove the maximum amount of solid waste. Antimicrobial protection is built into the toilet. 800.443.1410. www.foremostgroups.com.
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    Caroma. The company claims its Sydney Smart dual-flush, WaterSense-certified toilet saves more than 18,000 gallons of water per household per year compared to 3.5-gpf single-flush toilets, and more than 5,000 gallons over 1.6-gpf, single-flush toilets. Users may choose a 0.8- or 1.28-gallon flush, which averages out to 0.89 gallons per flush. The toilet features wash-down flushing and a trapway nearly twice as large as the industry average. 800.605.4218. www.caromausa.com.
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    Zurn

    Zurn. The Z5798 Pint, a low-consumption urinal, uses 0.125 gallon per flush. A long-life battery controls the unit’s hands-free flushing operation and lasts for about 200,000 flush cycles, the company says. The urinal saves more than 30,000 gallons of water a year over standard, 1-gpf urinals, the manufacturer says. 800.997.3876. www.zurn.com.
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    Jacuzzi. The Espree high-efficiency, 1.28-gpf toilet is WaterSense certified, so it uses 20% less water than 1.6-gpf models. The unit features a concealed trapway and an elongated, chair-height bowl that meets ADA standards. 800.288.4002. www.jacuzzi.com.
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    Kohler. The company’s WaterSense-certified Saile toilet is a seamless, one-piece, dual-flush unit designed to eliminate liquid or bulk waste with a single flush. The two-button actuator lets users choose 1.6 or 0.8 gpf. A family of four can save, on average, up to 8,000 gallons of water each year with the 0.8-gallon flush (versus 3.5-gpf models), according to the company. The toilet seat features an over-molded lid that covers the seat ring for a finished look. The device has a skirted toilet and is designed for flush-to-wall installation. 800.456.4537. www.kohler.com.

When Houston builder Michael Strong sends his custom-home clients out to shop for plumbing fixtures, he hands them a list titled, “WaterSense plumbing fixtures selection.” For about a year, Strong has pushed buyers toward toilets that use 20% less water than the 1.6 gpf allowed by federal regulations and are certified by the EPA’s two-year-old WaterSense program.

“I talk big picture with them,” says Strong of his buyers. “I tell them … if everybody cut their water bill by 20%, the city would have more resources available to it.”

He’s not the only builder steering home buyers toward 1.28-gpf high-efficiency toilets (HETs). “[Our buyers] have a growing awareness of the need for conservation,” says Stephanie Ware, director of marketing for Anderson Homes and Vanguard Homes in Cary, N.C., the latter of which built the first home to qualify for the EPA’s new WaterSense label. “A lot of them are surprised to learn how much water they use. But they want performance too,” she says, referring to the bad reputation early low-flow toilets earned because of operating problems.

Improved Performance
High-profile water shortages in California, Florida, and Georgia, among other states, have fueled a growing desire among consumers to conserve water, increasing the potential market for new plumbing products. In fact, 22 toilet manufacturers produce more than 200 models that require no more than 1.28 gallons of water per use—the maximum level allowed to qualify for the WaterSense label.

Unlike the 1992 law that limited new toilets to 1.6 gpf, the voluntary WaterSense program requires toilets to pass a performance test as well as a water-use test. Qualified toilets must be able to dispose of 350 grams of solid waste in a single flush—and manufacturers must prove that the toilets can by submitting to third-party verification. The testers, such as Underwriters Laboratories and the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, conduct MaP (Maximum Performance) testing, so the toilets are tested to the point of failure.