In this edition, we look at the benefits and considerations when it comes to low-flush toilets.


There are many ways that we waste our water and the bathroom can be a major contributor. 

Did you know that older style toilets alone can use up to 12 litres per flush?

That’s 12 litres of good, cleaning drinking water being flushed away to your sewer each and every flush

Multiply that by how many times you use the toilet per day, then by the number of people in your apartment block or neighbourhood, well you get the picture.

It’s no wonder people are starting to think about the possibility of low-flush toilets.

A community of 9,000 people can flush around 175,200,000 litres of water per year

If you have a newer home it’s likely you may have a dual-flush toilet installed, which is around 3.3 litres for a half flush and 6 litres for a full-flush.

Environmentally friendly low-flush toilets are also becoming fairly popular as people start to become more aware of their environment and the desire to be more ‘green’.

This style of toilet could provide a substantial saving each year with your water bill, but is it the right solution for your home?

There are two key things that you should consider if you are looking to replace your toilet.

Pipe-work and paper

If you have an older home such as many of the homes we look after in Sydney’s inner west, then it’s fairly likely that your pipes are earthenware/clay, which tend to have more joins in them than their PVC counterparts. 

Why does this matter?

When you flush your toilet, think about the force of the water that moves through your pipes to flush your waste towards your sewer.

The success of this function depends not just on the flush but also the pipework – if there are more opportunities for things to get stuck, you could be at higher risk of a blockage.

And that’s where paper comes in.

Depending on what kind of toilet paper user you are – one or two squares or rolling out the white carpet – you could find that you need to flush several times just to move your waste. 

Kind of defeats the purpose doesn’t it.

So, before you make a decision which could end costing you more money, take a look at the some of the useful blogs we came across that provide tips to consider when you are making changes. 

We particularly love the brick idea!

If you are ready to have your new throne installed or would like some advice on the best solution for your home, give Peter at Lime Plumbing a call