Having traveled to parts of the world where outhouses are a way of life, I would like to start this post with a big shout out to indoor plumbing! Woo-hoo! Because it is (relatively) hygienic and odor free, and happily lacking in spiders and other creepy crawlies, the good ol’ indoor W/C is a winner in my book.
But there is one little problem in this plumbing paradise… wasted water. Lots and lots of wasted water. On average about 20 gallons of water per person, per day. And we aren’t just talking any old water. Thanks to the speedy dash to put indoor toilets in every Victorian household, we just took the same pipes we brought our household drinking water in with, and diverted some right on over to the potty. And that now leaves us stuck with a plumbing system which causes the average household to flush 27% of their potable water straight out to the sewer.
So, what to do? Short of replumbing the entire country, the best solution is to reduce the amount of water we waste with each flush, and nothing does a better job at that than the dual flush toilet.