Practical notes on how to save water

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TOILET FLUSH WATER SAVER























You can use an old plastic bottle like a milk bottle etc. to save water by placing this in your old toilet cistern. -Do not try this will a new 6 litre cistern!

How to use less water to flush the toilet - a quick resolution you can start using today....


If you have an old 13, 11, 9 or 7.5 litre WC consider fitting a water dispacement device inside your toilet cistern to reduce the volume of water flushed down the toilet every time you flush. 6 litre toilets were being fitted from 2001 in the UK to comply with new water regulations -this advice is not for a 6 litre or less system -its for older installations only!

Some people might recommend using a "hippo" to do this - in my opinion this is not necessary, just get a plastic milk bottle -wash this out and fill it with fresh water, leave the top off and place it inside your cistern. You might need to try a 1 litre bottle instead, see what fits best.

If its tricky to see what fits then turn off the water at the mains and flush the toilet to drain out the cistern, then take the lid off and see if one or two 1 litre bottles can be sat inside the cistern....


Remember any toilet needs 4 to 6 litres to perform a powerful flush. If you are not sure how big your cistern is 9 litres, 13 litres, 6 litres etc then measure the width depth and height of the cistern in centimetres and do the following sum:

width x depth (front to back) x height of the water in the tank

then divide the answer by 1000

this is the number of litres (generous estimate) that your cistern holds. The more bottles you get in the more water you save but don't over do it....

How much water will you save? well... it depends ....toilet flushing is probably about 30% of your water bill so if you cut it by 3 litres, say improving from a 9 litre flush to a 6 litre flush you have just saved about 10% of your water bill....

happy plumbing! .... and remember that's precious drinking standard water you are flushing down your toilet and even though you might find messing about with your cistern a bit gross -you are lucky! yes lucky! -some people in the world don't have a toilet at all which leads to a much more messy, stinky and altogether unsanitary existence!
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