Are You Using Your Secret Weapon to Save Water?

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It’s time to treat your toilet like the special secret water-saving weapon it is!

Throughout the month of April, which is officially “Earth Month,” and leading up to Earth Day, we’re going to be featuring companies that are doing an extraordinary job to help protect the planet by being more environmentally responsible themselves.

Mansfield Plumbing is one of those companies. The Perrysville, Ohio business is a leader in manufacturing highly water-efficient toilets, one of your home’s secret weapons when it comes to saving water. The company is setting a great example on how to run a sustainable business, too. It recycles millions of pounds of waste plaster, paper and wood each year and is reducing the amount of water its manufacturing facility uses by between 10 and 30 percent. In fact, about 10,000 tons of its scrap material is actually being recycled into the aggregate that paves the roads leading up to landfills!

 Here’s more about the water saving toilet products the company makes and why you should select your next toilet from Mansfield Plumbing.

Why Do You Need a Water Saving Toilet?

water saving toilet

The Summit 1.28 Gpf (gallons per flush) toilet from Mansfield Plumbing meets WaterSense criteria.

America is running out of water. Droughts related to climate change are taking a big toll. But so is factory farming, and industrial oil and gas operations, like “fracking,” which consume enormous quantities of water that ends up polluted and unusable for generations.

As water becomes more scarce, it gets more expensive. It also becomes more important to use the water we have wisely. In our homes, one of the biggest ways we waste water is by flushing the toilet.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t flush! Of course we have to!!

But do we need to use so much water when we flush? Not by a long shot.

That’s why a high-efficiency toilet is your secret weapon when it comes to saving water.

Every time a toilet is flushed, water is used to remove the waste from the bowl.

But how much water a toilet uses is the issue. Many “old fashioned” and out-of-date toilets may still use as much as 6 gallons of water per flush. That might have been fine before so many areas of the country faced drought. But in this day and age, we just can’t afford to use that much water to dispose of our body waste.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency created its WaterSense program to encourage companies to manufacture and sell water saving toilets (and other water appliances and fixtures) that get the job done using far less water than common toilets.

Mansfield - PIc - Water Sense Logo“WaterSense has estimated that if all old, inefficient toilets in the United States were replaced with WaterSense labeled models, we could save 520 billion gallons of water each year,” says Adriana Miller, product manager for Mansfield Plumbing.

“That’s roughly the amount of water that flows over Niagara Falls in about 12 days.

 “This change to low-flow toilets is something that every homeowner can do right now to help save water and celebrate Earth Day every day throughout the year.”

WaterSense-rated toilets use just 1.28 gallons per flush (GpF) or less.

“These high efficiency toilets (HETs) save water in the home, which can help our environment, and reduce yearly water bills for consumers. It’s a win-win situation,” says Mansfield’s Miller.

And here’s another benefit:

Water saving toilets earning the WaterSense label — like many offered by Mansfield Plumbing — have been certified to be at least 20 percent more efficient without sacrificing performance.

If you’re wondering just how much water and money you’d save by switching to a WaterSense model, Miller recommends homeowners visit the Water Savings Calculator at the Mansfield Plumbing website to determine just how much water and money a family can save by investing in a WaterSense-rated toilet with a powerful flushing system.


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The Brentwood high efficiency toilet (HET) from Mansfield Plumbing uses just 1.28 gallons per flush.

⇒ A  family of four can potentially save 16,206 gallons of water each year (with an average five flushes a day per person) when installing a 1.28 Gpf toilet over a 3.5 Gpf toilet.

⇒ That equates to about $81 in savings each year.

⇒ When installing a 1.0 Maverick or Quantum toilet, the figures drop even further, to saving 18,250 gallons of water yearly or about $91 in water bills.

“For many areas of the country, it’s not about the cost savings, but about the fact that there simply isn’t enough water availability,” says Miller.

“Taking the step to invest in HETs makes good sense for communities, the environment and for homeowners.”

watersense toiletI took my own advice and bought a WaterSense toilet. (That’s it on the left.)

Miller points out that several states (including California and Texas) mandate the use of WaterSense-rated HETs for all new residential and commercial construction.

But whether your community requires WaterSense toilets or not, why not make the switch?

Otherwise, you’ll keep flushing unnecessary water – and money – down the drain.

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4 Responses to Are You Using Your Secret Weapon to Save Water?

  1. John Koeller April 12, 2016 at 5:59 pm #

    As usual, good advice from Diane. BUT, everyone wants a toilet that will actually ‘perform’…..i.e., do the ‘job’! So, if you are purchasing a new toilet for your home or business, then get the best performing model (and maybe even get a REBATE from your local water utility). You definitely should check out Maximum Performance (MaP) testing. Go to for the up-to-date flush performance data and design information on nearly 2,700 different WATERSENSE high-efficiency toilet models from 80 DIFFERENT BRANDS!!….all independently tested by laboratories NOT connected to any manufacturer. Click on ‘MaP Search’ to use the free search tool OR download complete product listings.

    MaP development was sponsored by WATER UTILITIES IN THE U.S. AND CANADA in 2003 to give consumers a means to compare actual flush performance among all the many toilet models available in the marketplace. You can download a complete list of all U.S. EPA WATERSENSE toilet models, OR you can do a ‘search’ of the database by specifying the exact characteristics you need (such as round front vs. elongated bowls, elevated height bowls vs. standard bowls, one-piece vs. two-piece toilets, and so on).

    All of this is entirely FREE and found at

    NOTE: MaP DOES NOT SELL TOILETS… merely has them tested and reports the results free-of-charge to the public.

    • Diane April 13, 2016 at 9:09 am #

      Thanks so much, John. This is good information, and very helpful.

  2. John Koeller April 12, 2016 at 6:23 pm #

    By the way, if you are about to go “shopping” for a new toilet (whether at the store OR online), check these 15 important tips FIRST! Be prepared and it probably will make your search a little simpler.

    • Diane April 13, 2016 at 9:08 am #

      Thanks for letting us know what to look for specifically when we shop. Your tips can save us some money and maybe help us avoid buying the wrong toilet.

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