According to Water Footprint Calculator (www.watercaluclator.org) the average toilet uses 1.6 gallons of water every time the toilet is flushed! For older toilets, it can be 5-7 gallons of water with a single flush. Wowzas! That is an awful lot of wasted water.
The automatic toilet started to become popular in the 1990’s. They were created to help with sanitation purposes. Which, honestly, I love them and think they are a genius invention. But for many, automatic toilets are loud, scary and they can waste water.
Many of the older automatic toilets have super sensitive sensors leading to ghost flushing. Ghost flushing is exactly what is sounds like…when the toilet flushes when you are not ready. This can be one of the most irritating reasons why many people do not like automatic toilets. Not only does the splash back get you (eww 🤢), but the amount of water that is wasted during these ghost flushings is awful.
There are newer automatic toilets that have less water and supposedly have better sensors. I love this idea and I think for the most part they do what they are supposed to. But, there are still ghost flushes. Honestly, there is really no way to prevent the automatic toilet from flushing without covering the sensor.
According to the EPA, they recommend that companies purchase a WaterSense product. If a 10-story building with about 1,000 occupants switched to WaterSense labeled models from older automatic toilets, they could save more than $10,000 in water costs. That is 1.2 million gallons of water saved by switching over. "If commercial facilities nationwide replaced all of their older, inefficient flushometer-valve toilets with WaterSense labeled models," the agency writes in a statement, "we could save nearly 39 billion gallons (148 billion liters) of water per year. That's equivalent to nearly one full day's flow of water over Niagara Falls!"
By switching the older automatic toilets out to the new ones and especially the one ones that the EPA recommends, we could help our planet out so much by saving so much water.
When I created the Flusher Blocker, besides my children being terrified of the ghost flushing among other things, I wanted a more eco-friendly way to help the planet. So, even if there are newer automatic toilets, people can still use the Flusher Blocker just in case there is ghost flushing. We could save so much water by doing something so simple.