Automatic Flush Toilets Waste A Lot of Water

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Before considering a touchless toilet in your home bathroom, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons. While cleaner and more convenient, as we mentioned before, automatic flush toilets are notorious for being bad for environment due to excess water consumption. In fact, if you’ve ever heard a series of toilets flush in public restrooms with no one in the stalls, this is a prime example of how much water these models can waste. (This is also why they’re nicknamed “phantom-flush” toilets.)

While more research is needed to determine exactly how much water automatic flushing toilets waste, one of the first studies of its kind in 2010 by the California Energy Commission discovered that newly-installed models in an office building used nearly double the amount of water as previous manual versions. This was true for faucets and urinals, too. “We consider auto valve (fixtures) highly wasteful water-wise, because almost every valve that is designed to sense body movement is going to flush multiple times. … They are very hygienic, and that is great,” John Koeller, one of the study’s authors, told the San Diego Union-Tribune in 2015. “The sacrifice is water waste.”

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