Tips to not 'flush' money down toilet

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - By Jamey Boyum - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Something called "The Responsible Bathroom Tour" has flowed into Tyler at Coburns Supply. If you missed it, it is OK. We were there and learned some things you can do to save on your water bill.

Saving 2-billion gallons of water one town at a time, will American Standard's cup runneth over with the daunting task? How will they get a handle on this one?

A standard flush is 1.6 gallons now. But, by 2013 all standard flushes will be 1.28 gallons, saving over 1/3 per flush. But, you could save even more with the dual flush toilet.

Experts say when you are flushing liquid you are doing 1.0 gallons and solid waste is 1.6. It is a sort of smart toilet with two buttons for flushing.

You can save water by replacing your 1.5 gallon per minute aerator with 5 gallons per minute, saving a gallon a minute at your faucet.

Your shower head flows at 2 gallons per minute. You can get a shower head that is adjustable from 1.5 to 2 gallons, but if you crank it up to 2 and forget to put it back you won't end up all wet because it does it automatically. Experts say that every time you step into the shower, you are using 1.5 gallons of water until you adjust it up to 2.

American Standard representatives say if you follow these water conservation tips you could save 15% on your water bill. The changes would pay for themselves in just a few years.

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