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We’ve all seen them — the ancient toilets that need to be replaced as part of an upgrade or remodel; the ones that use upwards of 3.5 to seven gallons of water per flush.

Thankfully, the standards have changed and the 1990s saw regulation to reduce the amount of water being used in both residential, multifamily and commercial toilets, mandating that toilets manufactured in the U.S. use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush.

This regulation has not only saved water, but also money for the consumer. The cost of water itself has risen astronomically. In arid and urban markets, the infrastructure that moves water is aging; as it does, municipalities pass the cost of maintenance and repairs along to customers.

Since 2012, the average water bill has increased by 31%, far outpacing the rate of inflation. Not only that, but municipal water providers are charging for both the water that goes into a home or building, as well as the water going out through the sewer. Toilets make up the highest use of water in an average home (24% of all water usage), so the more water a toilet uses, the bigger the impact on the overall cost to the consumer.

While water-saving toilets once carried a stigma that they wouldn’t flush as powerfully, recent technology innovations — driven by needed performance, regulations and environmental concerns — are resulting in toilet technologies that provide optimal water savings, efficiency and exceptional performance.

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