We all know that water conservation is important.
Water is our most precious natural resource and yet we flush it down the toilet on a daily basis, literally.
Why in this age of instant communication and high-tech gadgetry can't we develop tools to conserve our most basic requirement for life?
Toilets in Bermuda range from old fashioned 3–3.5 gallon (12L) per flush (GPF) to 1.6/.8 dual flush toilets, which means there are still people on the island who flush an unnecessary extra amount of their water down the toilet.
Typical faucets and showerheads use between 2.5 and 3.5 gallons per minute, (GPM) despite the fact that water scarcity, droughts, and the purchasing of water has increased dramatically in recent years.
Why has it taken so long to introduce lower volume fixtures and toilets?
When first introduced, 1.6 GPF toilets where not efficient at flushing and had to be flushed two or three times.
Changing a toilet was considered too laborious and costly when compared to the payback, and at the same time there were no conservation options for faucets or showerheads, while aesthetics and price ruled the day.
But as my favourite musician once said, 'The time's they are a changing'.
This year at the Coldwell Banker Bermuda Home Show, Encon Bermuda Ltd introduced the world's first and only 0.8 gallon (3L) per flush toilet, the Stealth by Niagara Conservation.
Innovative and stylish, the Stealth toilet goes beyond standard water-saving toilets by using only 0.8 gallons per flush.
This breakthrough performance is in the hydraulic technology used in the flushing mechanism which is powerful, efficient and stealthily quiet.
The Stealth is the world most efficient toilet using 37 per cent less water than the next low-flow toilet on the market.
It effectively removes waste from the bowl in a single flush, using only 0.8 gallons.
The innovative hydraulic technology is powerful, efficient and quiet and requires no external energy source.
It is the quietest toilet in the world.
How it Works
Harnessing the power of air pressure and gravity, the Stealth's ingenious flushing system uses air to pressurize the toilet trap-way.
When the toilet is flushed, the resulting depressurization creates a suction force that works with gravity to pull waste water, creating a siphon. The result is a powerful, quiet flush every time.
Commercially, the Stealth toilet has been installed in dozens of apartment buildings across North America, achieving a near 50 per cent reduction in water consumption.
Restaurants, hotels and resorts have also used the Stealth to significantly lower their water consumption/costs.
Installing multiple toilets and fixtures at the same time will reduce installation costs, leading to an even faster payback and larger return on investment.
Installation is the same as for a typical toilet, and will save a four-person home between 6,000 and 16,000 gallons a year depending on the type of toilet currently installed.
The Stealth looks like a normal toilet with the added benefit of more power, less noise, and it uses only 0.8 GPF.
Add one of Niagara's 0.5, 1.0, 1.5 GPM showerheads and a 1.0 GPM aerator and increase your savings by up to another 30 per cent.
Remember that reducing your water consumption in the shower and at the sink also saves you money on your hot water bill.
With the right tools and attitude the questions will no longer be, 'When will it rain?' but 'When will it stop raining?'
Encon Bermuda Ltd is now taking orders for this hot-selling toilet. Our Home Show inventory has sold out and we are currently filling our second shipment.
For more information on the Stealth toilet, visit our website at www.greenventuresbermuda.com or go to www.niagraconservation.com.
To access the original article, click here.Last Updated on Friday, 21 Sep 2012