I was at the gym and I heard someone flush the toilet as soon as they entered the washroom. Then the individual proceeded to use the the washroom and flush it again. This is not the first time I’ve heard people do that. In fact, I hear it at least once on most gym visits. Why oh why do people do that?! Flushing uses in the range of 6 to 14 litres of water.
“In a home with older toilets, an average flush uses about 3.6 gallons (13.6 liters), and the daily use is 18.8 gallons (71.2 liters) per person per day. In a home with ultra-low-flow (ULF) toilets, with an average flush volume of 1.6 gallons (6 liters), the daily use is 9.1 gallons (34.4 liters) per person per day.”
Flushing before using it is simply going to clear the toilet bowl before you sit (assuming there is something there). Nothing is going to come up and bite you, let alone the fact that flushing is not cleaning anything you will be touching! I’m guessing that 9 times out of 10 there is nothing in the bowl to begin with, but the person flushing thinks it’s cleaner if they sit after flushing.
We are fortunate. We have modern plumbing. We flush and our waste is taken care of. We are fortunate. We have this magic device – the tap. Out comes clean water that we can drink, or clean ourselves with. Most people take these things for granted. There are millions of people in the world desperate for water and many that would benefit from modern plumbing. People die everyday from preventable diseases because they do not have access to clean water. As much as clean water is a necessity, it is a luxury.
We should not feel guilty for our access to water, but at the same time we should not take it for granted. Open your eyes beyond the bubble of your world and appreciate water. Above all, do not waste it. I truly believe that every single person can make a difference. Every small step that each one of us takes does make a difference. Some ideas to get you started:
- Don’t flush for the sake of flushing
- Don’t let the tap run as you brush your teeth or shave
- Don’t stand and stare in the shower. Do what you need to do and get out
- Don’t start the dishwasher unless it’s full
- If you can, invest in ULF toilets, or water efficient shower heads, washing machines and dishwashers.
You will save water and money – it’s a win win!!!