Provincial Government to Can the Use of 13 Litre Toilets
Cornwall ON – Ontarians currently use about 260 litres of water per day – nearly twice as much as the UK and Germany, countries with similar standards of living. The Ontario Government is planning to introduce legislation under the Green Energy Act to reduce this amount.
The provincial government is about to ban the sale of the older style, wasteful, 13 litre flush toilets – in the future, only the 6 litre models will be available.
Toilet flushing accounts for 30% of in-home water use. Replacing a 13 litre toilet with a 6 litre one could save an average household around 35,000 litres per year. According to Ontario Energy and Infrastructure Minister Brad Duguid, “reducing the water we use in our daily lives achieves the dual benefit of conserving water and energy.”
Pumping and distributing water to homes and businesses and treating water and wastewater takes between a third and a half of a municipality’s electric consumption, roughly double that of street lighting.
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