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Principle of low flow toilet

A low-flow toilet is a urinal disguised to look like a toilet. Like a urinal, it is not able to handle feces or toilet paper. They have been required federally by the US government since 1994 which spawned a black market for the smuggling of real toilets from Canada. In the 1970s, leftists demanded people put bricks in their toilets to use less water and in time the brick became forced.[1]

Water is replaing the "climate change" hoax as the next big scare. It's just another way for the governments to have an excuse to make their nation more Orwellian. The world is never going to run out of water and for any water people don't drink such as toilet, shower, and washing hands then seawater can be used.[2]

They do not actually save water because water flushed down the drain is recycled and they require extra water in dozens of flushes to declog when feces is put into these urinals. They also require that cities upgrade their sewage systems to pump in extra water to flush the sludge through and then add bleach. San Francisco for instance has spent hundreds of millions of dollars upgrading its sewage system and purchases $14 million of sodium hypochlorite (bleach) every three years. San Francisco's sewage system has to dump an additional 8.5 million pounds of bleach into its sewer system each year to deal with the crisis. The making of sodium hypochlorite also requires water to be used.[3]

Even if it does not clog, it will need multiple flushes to clear the bowl of solid waste (fecal debris).

A newer toilet is a dual-flush toilet, which is advertised like it gives extra water for flushing solid waste and less for flushing liquid. However it gives the same 1.6-gallons (6 litres) for flushing solid waste and then even less 0.8-gallons (3 litres) for flushing liquid waste, meaning even less water.

Later toilet manufacturers have claimed that they redesigned newer low-flow toilets to clog less however, it is like in the former Soviet Empire, people became used to a lower standard of living. Now all people in the USA are used to: a plunger next to every toilet (used plungers are filthy and full of disease), only using very thin toilet paper, and always doubting the ability of their toilet to flush. Many new toilets now use high-pressure blasters that run off electricity to force waste through.[1]

To quote Jeffrey Tucket of the Mises Institute:[4][1]

Indoor plumbing since the time of the ancient world has been a sign of prosperity and human well-being. Indoor toilets that flow into a sewer have been around since 1500 B.C., but every new settlement of people in a new area presents the problem anew. In rural America, indoor toilets weren’t common until the 1930s. That today everyone assumes them to be part of life is a testament to the creative power of economic progress.

What we have in these regulations passed since the 1990s is therefore a step backwards from a central aspiration of mankind to dispose of human waste in the best possible way. We have here an instance of government having forced society into a lower stage of existence.

Government has reduced us as people to the point that we either have to enter the black market to get good sewage or come to terms with living amidst periodic spreading of human waste all over our domestic and commercial environment.

Again, this is wholly unnecessary. Capitalism achieved something spectacular in waste disposal. Government came along and took it away from us. That’s the story in a nutshell.

...letting people die of infections conserves antibiotics, not brushing teeth conserves toothpaste, and not using anesthesia during surgery conserves needles and syringes.
Water Use Worldwide: It's usually agriculture using the most water and then industry second except in high-income nations where industry uses the most and agriculture second. Homes use the least water, 8%-11%.
A graph of residential water use in central Australia. Toilets are a mere 6%.
Colorado residential water use. Toilets are a mere 13% of residential use.

No real water savings

Furthermore, in states plauged with droughts, such as California, homes use less than 10% of the state's water. 80% of it goes to agriculture and the rest goes to fracking.[5][6] These two real uses get huge discounts for water and are immune to water restrictions.[7] Toilets use only a small portion of water for a home and homes use less than 10% of water so there is no real savings in water. Government forced low-flow toilets, showers, and washing machines are just the government's way to make innocent people suffer and cause environmental harm by the added need to dump endless bleach in the water system.

Furthermore any water that goes down the drain (toilets, showers, washing machines) is recycled. Water that is used outdoors is not. The main loss of water for homes is that used on lawns, although golf courses and businesses use a lot more.

Similar oppressive laws in the USA

Around the time of forced low-flow toilets was also when low-flow shower heads came out.

In 2007, the US federal government started ruining washing machines. Tests on these low-flow washing machines show that clothes put in them come out just as dirty as they went in.[8] In 2011, they worsened it and all washing machines built to only have small bowls of water, claiming “it will not fill up with water as much as your previous washer, therefore allowing you to do only a small or medium load, to conserve energy.” This actually requires more water for more loads and more electricity for more loads. These machines also mix cold in with hot water preventing a proper washing. The lower amount of water also forces the washing machine to use far more electricity, so much that the lights flicker in a person's home. These machines also need a new type of detergent because the low water level and cold water level does not kill the germs in clothes now. Consumers do not even get a tax break for these machines which no longer can wash clothes.[9] Consumers may also be forced to feed only hot water on both ends to the washing machine to actually get their clothes clean, using even more energy than before.

The new Whirlpool manual even states, "This washer is designed to use less water and energy, and complies with all 2011 energy standards. Wash cycles with controlled temperatures are designed to maintain cleaning performance while using less water and energy compared to older traditional washers. As a result, water levels will be lower, and Hot and Warm wash temperatures may not be as warm as you are used to. (Emphasis added.)"[9] So that in order for people to get the same level of warm water, they must set their water heater's temperature to its hottest level and use even more energy than before.

In 2016 and on in California, they reduced the amount of water flow a person could have. In faucets, they reduced them from 2.5GPM federal maximum to 1.8GPM maximum and all the ones sold in stores are only 1.5GPM because manufacturers only make 2.5, 1.5, and 0.5. Bathroom faucets for homes now have to be below 1.2GPM so they will get the 0.5GPM faucets which have a tiny bit of water that the faucet manufacturer tries to make up for by making it into a spray which splashes filthy water everywhere! And for toilets, they dropped them from 1.5 gallons to 1.28 gallons maximum, which is a smaller volume than the average bowel movement. California is a state where 90% of their water is used by agriculture and farmers receive no water restrictions.[10]

Low-flow toilets forced outside the USA

Sweden and Ontario, Canada also require low-flow 1.6 gallon toilets, but this is greater than the 1.5 gallon in the USA.[11] Sweden and Ontario have huge amounts of rain too and do not need to save water.

Australia requires low flow 1.6 gallon toilets that also have a dual flush option of 0.8 gallons.[12]


In Japan, they have sinks atop toilets so when you wash your hands, the water is saved and used for flushing the toilet.[13]


The US government itself has received thousands of complaints "from disgruntled consumers who are angry that their new toilets repeatedly clog, require multiple flushing and in the end do not save water."[14]

US Senator Ron Paul criticized the federal government for allowing choice in abortions but restricting choice in, “Light bulbs, refrigerators, toilets, you name it. You can’t go around your house without being told what to buy. ... Frankly, my toilets don’t work in my house."[15]

Low flow toilets are touted by manufacturers as saving water, but consumers find they have to flush multiple times with them.[16]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Relentless Misery of 1.6 Gallons
  2. http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/11/01/water-is-replacing-climate-as-the-next-un-environmental-resource-scare/
  3. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Low-flow-toilets-cause-a-stink-in-SF-2457645.php}
  4. http://southcarolina1670.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/the-big-stink-behind-low-flow-toilets/
  5. Why Is Jerry Brown Letting Big Ag and Oil Gluttons Suck Up Most of California's Water? Corporate big shots are the problem.
  6. California's Water Crisis | True News
  7. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-04-03/californians-outraged-oil-producers-frackers-excluded-emergency-water-restrictions?fb_action_ids=1649831935245463&fb_action_types=og.likes
  8. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052748704662604576202212717670514?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052748704662604576202212717670514.html
  9. 9.0 9.1 http://www.westernjournalism.com/from-the-people-who-brought-you-the-low-flow-toilet-meet-the-energy-efficient-washing-machine/
  10. http://www.energy.ca.gov/releases/2015_releases/2015-04-08_water_appliance_standards_nr.html
  11. http://home.howstuffworks.com/appliances/energy-efficient/low-flow-toilet4.htm
  12. http://www.hgtv.com/design/rooms/bathrooms/the-lowdown-on-low-flow-toilets
  13. http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2013/07/12/201470855/everything-old-is-new-again-the-toilet-sink-edition
  14. http://articles.latimes.com/1999/jul/28/business/fi-60241
  15. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2687040/posts
  16. http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/content/do-low-flow-toilets-really-work (see comments)