1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

May 18, 2008

:139 Low Flow Faucets

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:139 EcoTip: It is a simple procedure to add low flow aerators to a sink faucet to help reduce water flow. This not only helps save water, but also energy from hot water use.

You can check the flow of your faucets by timing how long it takes to fill a quart jar. Aim for 15 seconds or less on bathroom fixtures and about half that for the kitchen.

To prepare for this post I tried this for both of our bathrooms sinks. Both fixtures looked exactly the same, but the master bath took 30 seconds to fill and the hall bath sink filled in 7 seconds. When I checked I found the low flow aerator was missing from the hall bath. You can’t always tell just by looking – so I’m off to the hardware store to buy a new half gallon per minute aerator.

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 Additional Information

EPA’s WaterSense program has identified retrofit aerators and new low flow faucets for a variety of applications. They are posted at:  http://www.epa.gov/watersense/pp/lists/find_faucet.htm

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May 17, 2008

:138 Low Flow Toilets

1:5:10:138 EcoTip: California researchers import fake poo from Canada to test low flow toilets.

 Source: MaP 11th edition

The ongoing research project, identified as MaP (Maximum Performance Testing of Popular Toilet Models) is now in its 11th edition. In spite of the joke potential the published results provide excellent information for the excrementally endowed. If you find your low flow toilet requires more than one flush – This is the place to look for toilets that can handle up to 1000 grams at a time. According to a British medical study (Variability of Colonic Function in Healthy Subjects) the average maximum male dooty is 250g.

We developed the Maximum Performance (MaP) testing to identify how well popular toilets models perform bulk removal using a realistic test media, and to grade each toilet model based on this performance. A soybean paste having similar physical properties (density, moisture content) to human waste was used in combination with toilet paper as the test media. In addition to using a realistic test media, all toilet samples are adjusted, where possible, to their rated flush volume (typically 6 litres / 1.6 gallons) prior to testing to ensure a level playing field.

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Additional Information

The research project results can be reviewed at: http://www.cuwcc.org/MapTesting.lasso 

The fake excrement is a Canadian Soybean paste with a density and moisture content similar to human waste. It is extruded through a 7/8-inch diameter die and shaped so each flushable is approximately four inches long and weighs 50 grams and is encased in a sausage-like latex coating so it is reusable.

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