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Toilet Talk: A Delicate Matter
Sloan Valve’s Ecos, the world’s first true dual-flush electronic flushometer.What if you had a toilet that knew what was in it and would flush the correct amount of water accordingly? Actually you can with
What this devise does is combine hands-free sensor flushing with dual-flush water-saving technology. Here’s how it works. Once a user is detected, if the user leaves in 65 seconds or less, a reduced flush of 1.1 gallons per flush will automatically initiate. If the user stays longer than 65 seconds, a full flush of 1.6 gallons per flush will automatically initiate when the user leaves. The circuit automatically resets and is ready for the next user. The devise also provides user override buttons.
A number of questions come to mind, but first let’s acknowledge that water efficiency is immensely important. Some experts predict that by 2025, at least 65 nations will experience serious water shortages. It’s also clearly true that dual-flush toilets save water – approximately 67% over standard 1.6 gallons per flush models by some estimates. Most users know which button to press – half flush or full flush – depending on what they’ve, hmm…done.
Sensors toilets are popular because they’re hands-free and more hygienic, but they often flush repeatedly or unnecessarily and contribute to more, not less water usage.
So, is the Ecos a good idea? I’d love to hear from folks who have installed or used one. For the rest of you, Sloan Valve has a cool calculator tool on its website.