We are Talking Water (Part 4) The Toilet

1625.prd.s.alt.002Each day we go an visit our friend the toilet countless times. We conduct our business and simply push a handle and get on with our lives. For the most part we really don’t want to think about all of the mechanics involved with voiding our bodies of waste products and probably accounts for the cost of getting plumbing work done. But in any case while we are living in a 30 day world of 0% water pressure we have to understand that our toilets just won’t flush when we push the handle.

This doesn’t mean that we lose total control over the porcelain thrown, it just means that we need to find another way to eliminate the waste we place in it.

We have already discussed the value of saving our grey water, or water from bathing, cleaning clothing and dishes. Now we have to address just how to utilize this grey water to flush our toilet. Another way of obtaining water for this use is by pulling it from a river or collecting rain water. The important thing here to remember is that you never want to dump fresh, potable drinking water into the toilet.

There are two ways to get this accomplished:

1. You can pour your grey water into the back section of the toilet or the tank and simply flush as you normally would.

2. You can pour it directly into the bowl itself until all the waste is gone.

If you are lucky enough to have 2 bathrooms in your home I suggest using one for number one and the second for number two. You want to flush the least amount to times as possible to retain the valuable grey water which at times it means letting waste sit in the toilet.

With either method you choose of flushing the amount of water to use is dictated by the size of the tank you have. Modern toilets use just 1 1/2 gallons to flush your pee away while and additional 1/2 gallon is held in preserve for you poo. The toilet I have will only use the full 2 gallons of water in the tank when I continue to hold down the handle. A power flush so to speak. This should be kept in mind when trying to figure out exactly how much grey water to pour into the system. Toilets are different so you may have to do a little experimenting.

imagesIt seems like no task goes without some type of paperwork to follow and using the toilet is certainly no different. It is for this reason that I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have enough toilet paper to see you through. The last thing you will want to do is run out. Try to use as little as possible when you do go as it could ad to the possibility of clogging the toilet up. Without having running water to assist with plunging you do not want this to happen.

One last suggestion on this subject. If you frequent the bathroom more than the average person or even believe that you do it may be a great idea to have additional water on hand. It doesn’t mean you have to purchase it as you could draw it from your sink to be placed in containers and tucked away safely.

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At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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3 Responses to We are Talking Water (Part 4) The Toilet

  1. Christopher says:

    I think that it makes sense to look at replacing a water based toilet with a composing toilet. They appear to be more environmentally friendly. And, they save huge amounts of water. As this century progresses, clean water is going to become in even greater demand and a lot more expensive.

    • I agree. Many involved in the “Tiny House” movement have already made the choice of a composting toilet. It makes a lot of sense. I am sure we will see it’s popularity grow as time passes. And it is an amazing resource for survival situations.

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