The Day Bad Flushing Began


Dave Barry Toilet

The Energy Policy Act of 1992 mandated that all toilets sold in the United States effective January 1, 1994 could flush with no more than 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf).    Unfortunately, science had not quite caught up to our politicians, Professor Toilet says sarcastically.   And the season of bad flushing had begun.

Humorist Dave Barry told MSNBC that “blowing the lid off that story” got one of strongest reaction of all the columns he’s ever written.

The objective was water conservation, but the result was anything but.  Using less water in toilets engineered to flush 3.5 gallons or more only meant double flushing or more, wasting far more water than the old toilets ever used.

Fortunately, science prevailed–even over Congress.    Read more from the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute about the difference between water conservation and water efficiency.

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I have three toilets in a single floor home. Sometimes when you flush with nothing in the bowl it will not flush but the second you flush it works good. they are not water saving toilets. All three toilets do the same thing

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