ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH
Politicians mean well. Lots of stuff they mandate is good. No smoking in public areas…good. Seatbelts in cars…good. Mandatory safety seats for children…good. Check points for drunk drivers, speed controlled by radar, emission regulations on cars, good, good and good.
Sometimes, however, government means well but they fuck up. They have expert opinions and expert facts and statistics, but they are still just wrong. Some regulations, passed with good intentions are just wrong, and someone needs to point it out. I guess that someone has to be me.
I know that experts and statistics will show that the new low flow toilets save water and are good for the environment. I am all for saving water and I’m sure experts can prove that low flow toilets, save about one billion gallons of water a day. One billion gallons of water is a lot of water, but is that number really accurate?
This may be a bit disgusting, so turn away if you want. I will try and be as discrete as possible.
The new toilets save a gallon of water with every flush so the laws to require low flow toilets make a lot of sense. What the experts have missed is that one flush is not enough. Flushing number one is fine for low flow, but not for number two. Number two takes two flushes for most twos, and three or more for many twos. The double flush and more negates the water savings for the number one flush.
Besides needing extra water to double flush and more, the new toilets are disgusting. There, it has to be said. The bowl is left with…er…residue and scrubbing needs even one more water wasting flush. If you do not pay attention, the low flow flush often leads to unnoticed floaters. No one needs to be greeted with floaters in the middle of the night.
Let’s call it like it is, the new low flow toilets waste water and are disgusting to boot.
Government means well, but when they screw up, they need to admit it and make adjustments.
Technology today allows us to watch our favorite TV show from the car on a phone. Surely technology can solve the low water flush issue. Can anyone please design a toilet that saves water on a number one flush, but allows for extra water in the bowl for number two?
If ever there was an issue that demands bipartisan legislation it is the low water flush for number two.
If we cannot come together to resolve even this simple issue we are doomed!