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Don’t flush before you use it!


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!!!


Author: Foxy-O

I’m a 30-something female who’s striving to be the healthiest woman I can be through diet and exercise. In early 2013 I was introduced to the world of Paleo. I completed Whole30 and had fantastic results. I had finally found something that worked for me! My blog is a jumble of my thoughts as I take the journey through my life. Somewhere for me to unleash my views, my challenges, my failures and my successes (hopefully!).

14 thoughts on “Don’t flush before you use it!

  1. I have thought for a long time that, as humans, we put our waste in the very substance needed for us to live. There ought to be a better way to use our water supply than a transport for human waste.

  2. My husband and I keep flip flopping about what we want to do when we build/buy our “forever home.” We both have sorry of fallen in love with the Earthship design. You don’t have to worry about Assn electric bill or any other utilities, it’s made from recycled materials, and they cab be as simple or elaborate as you want them to be. Or we could go with a more traditional sort of house complete with solar panels and such. I don’t know what we will end up doing, but either way, hubby said he wanted to do “humanure.” It’s basically where you use a composting Tooley and use sawdust (or something similar) to turn human waste into compost. I told him that I thought that was going just a bit to far. Lol

  3. I live in Africa – so this is drummed into us from very young. We can’t afford to waste such a precious resource while most of Africa suffers. Even our schools teach water saving techniques to young children.
    Which is why I was so shocked to see the blatant disregard for this resource in England and Europe. They let the tap run while they wash ONE little mug and teaspoon. YIKES!
    I guess its only when you have to do without that you truly start appreciating what you’ve got. Some of our really rural areas still don’t have running water and toilets in their homes so this is not something I will ever take for granted… 😦
    Thanks for highlighting this and I hope people follow your suggestions. 🙂

    • I love Africa – I have a lot of family there and have been a number of times. It’s such a beautiful country. 🙂

      I think it’s great that water saving techniques are taught at school – they should do that all over the world! My recent visit to Mexico really reminded me of how good we have it (I’ve lived in the UK and now live in Canada) – water is scarce. In the area that I was in there was no running water/no toilets in the majority of homes. Even where there were toilets we couldn’t flush paper down it – the plumbing just couldn’t handle it – so it is the norm to wipe and throw it in the trash can next to the toilet. I was reminded of the 2 minute shower – i’m far from perfect and have definitely had my days where I’ve taken longer showers. Being in Mexico and around people that simply don’t have it reminded me that the abundance of resources I have are a luxary and that I should stay conscious to never take them for granted.

  4. I loved this post 🙂

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