I love a good flush. Not the kind found in a poker game; I don’t even know how to play poker. I’m talking toilets. This country prides itself on her environmentally conscious strides, including a law passed about twenty years ago. In the early 90s, wasting water became a number one concern, so flushing was put at the top of the government’s to-do list. At 3.5 gallons per purge, we were using too much water. The current, ubiquitous low flow toilet allows us no more than 1.6 gallons per rinse. Consequently, my family is using more water per dump because of the triple-flush factor. Too much toilet paper and a second or third flush is in order. One big poop and it’s plunger time.
(That’s me looking none too happy about taking the plunge.)
America has it all wrong.
I just got back from Europe where ne’er a toilet be clogged. They use common sense across the pond. It’s called the Duel Flush Technology. There are two obvious buttons to choose from when business is closing and it’s time to liquidate. One button is noticeably larger than the other, to be used for—you guessed it– the loftier elimination.
They’re serious about their crap.
The smaller selection is for the lighter load. And guess what? The larger button uses just 1.6 gallons of water! That’s the same as in the U.S.! Then why does it work there and not here? European, Australian and Asian toilets are designed with a larger diameter trapway. In other words, the hole exiting the porcelain is bigger. Duh.
Since our own low-down, low-flow law was passed, American toilets have greatly improved, but I must say, with every bathroom trip I took across Europe, I was ready to expunge my life in Boston in the pursuit of a good flush.