The most recent addition to the Uniform Plumbing Code mandates that all new toilets be 1.6 gallons per flush or less versus the old 5-gallon standard. But toilets in homes that were installed before the plumbing code revision do not have to be changed.
The PUD would like to encourage homeowners to replace their old 5-gallon toilets in an effort to further conservation efforts. For more information, visit the High Efficiency Toilet page on the EPA website by clicking here.
Top 10 Tips to save more water and energy
We have been providing conservation solutions to our customers for over 20 years. Here are some ways to save water (and some will also save energy):
In your bathroom:
- Install a water-saver toilet that uses only 1.6 gallons of water per flush.
- Don’t run water in the sink while shaving, brushing your teeth or lathering your face and hands.
- Take shallow baths, shorter showers and consider bathing small children together.
- Avoid using the toilet as a wastebasket.
In your kitchen:
- Clean vegetables or rinse dishes in a pan of water, not under a running faucet.
- Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator to avoid running the tap to get a glass of cool water.
- Use the short-cycle option and air-dry setting on your dishwasher.
- Run only full loads in your dishwasher.
With your laundry:
- Wash only with full loads and use water-level adjustment settings.
- Use cold water detergents for a more effective cold water wash.