Not everybody gets all excited and fired-up about a subject as un-dinner-friendly as toilets, but fortunately (or sadly), yours truly does.

So imagine the thrill I must have experienced when I learned about this new, quiet toilet that just came on the market from the water conservation products company Niagara Conservation.  Their new Stealth toilet doesn’t use those noisy power-flush systems but rather a very clever design that creates a strong vacuum to clear the bowl quietly yet completely…while using just 0.8 gallons per flush (gpf).

I know, I know.  You can’t believe what you just heard.  Well, place your index finger under your chin and close your gaping jaw and believe it, my friend.

This new toilet uses just half – yeah, you heard that right, 50% – of the water required by current high efficiency toilets (HETs) which use 1.6 gpf and which are currently required by law nationwide.

HETs have been required by an act of congress since 1992, replacing the old, inefficient 3.5 gpf (or worse) toilets that were used until that time.  In the last few years, the Environmental Protection Agency has developed the WaterSense program to specify and certify even more stringent standards for water efficiency, with WaterSense Certified toilets using just 1.28 gpf.

Since nearly a third of home water use goes to toilet flushing, switching to HETs in 1992 meant that each household could save an amazing 15,000 to 20,000 gallons per year.  Cutting back the number of gallons per flush from the current HET 1.6 gpf to the new WaterSense 1.28 gpf would save another 2,500 gallons of water annually per home.

But switching from the current HETs to the Niagara Stealth toilet’s 0.8 gpf would cut a household’s water use by some 50% or 6,000 gallons per year.

Water supplies aren’t getting bigger.  The cost of water ain’t likely to get cheaper.  With a new ultra-high-efficiency toilet like the Stealth costing no more than a standard toilet, and looking and performing comparably (or so their tests show), this seems like a no-brainer.

eco+historical will be specifying the use of these new toilets in all of our new projects, so if you’d like to check one out, drop us a line as we’re get close to completion later next year!

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