….let it mellow

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Many years ago, at one of my first home inspections, a client asked if the toilets flushed solid waste. I had to tell him that I didn’t know since (1) I didn’t actually go #2 in all the toilets during the inspection, and
(2) I don’t carry a lot of rotten bananas around with me to simulate flushing solid waste.

At that time, low-flow toilets were notorious for not flushing solid waste with just 1.6 gallons per flush. By the time one flushed the toilets two or three times, the whole saving-water purpose of the low-flow toilet was lost.

After all these years, companies are listening to complaints about low-flow toilets not flushing solid waste.

At yesterday’s inspection, which I did for our good blogging friend Bashar, who apparently has made a commitment to stay and live in San Diego (yeah!), the master bedroom toilet had a two-part flush valve:

Two-part flush valve on low-flow toilet

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The left part of the valve provides .9 gallons per flush for #1 and the right part provides 1.6 gallons per flush for #2. The flushing action for #2 was really powerful and I have no doubt that it will do its job.

Quite interesting, and the first time I’ve seen this.

All of this reminds me of my arrival in San Diego on April 27, 1993. I spent my days at the beach and my nights at the Chula Vista KOA Kampground. While watching the weather the night of April 30, the weatherman announced that San Diego had gone four consecutive months without any rainfall whatsoever. That’s when I decided that San Diego might be the place for me.

Mr. Weatherman also told us that we should continue to conserve water and recited poetry to help us remember to conserve:

If it’s yellow, let it mellow.
If it’s brown, flush it down.

Since I love poetry, I’ve never forgotten that……..lol

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19 thoughts on “….let it mellow

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      They finally got them in California around 1993 during a pro-longed drought that had water restrictions, laundry restrictions, car-washing restrictions, etc.

      Do the ones in Europe work? Maybe our manufacturers could learn something from them…………lol


      1. baconbiscuit212

        They work! It takes a little reflection to get the hang of the two buttons, but really becomes second nature quickly. Come to think of it, I don’t see the levers we have in the States very often so that means they have probably been over there for a long time.


  1. babso2you

    Have heard that poem for years, and we do this here as we are on a well. While we do not pay for water, we are aware of the drought we are in and even with a well, conservation is necessary! Now if we could keep folks from filling swimming pools and running fountains….


  2. Gallivanta

    Oh we are very familiar with that poem and abiding by its words! Dual flush toilets are sometimes a bit of a gimmick. There are cheaper ways of getting a water saving efficient flush.


      1. Gallivanta

        Not sure if they are approved for office buildings but I have seen them advocated on official how to save water websites. I also don’t know if new houses are required to have dual flush cisterns of a certain standard. It all seems a bit laissez faire judging by what is on sale in plumbing shops.


  3. lolarugula

    An awesome poem and I must admit I’m intrigued by the two-types-of-flush option! As it’s done nothing but rain here for a full week in Northern Illinois, I’m contemplating a move to San Diego now. 🙂 (Today it is sunny, thank God)



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