How to Save Water While Flushing (Soda Bottle and Pebble Method)

Toilets are one of the major uses of water. If you don't have a water-saving toilet, you can still save gallons of water every time you flush.

Steps

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    Get some plastic bottles (such as soft drink bottles).
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    Fill them partially with pebbles.
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    Fill the rest of the way with water.
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    Close the lids tightly and place them in the tank. If they float, or don't sit firmly without moving around, go back and add more pebbles. Be sure that they sit clear of the flushing mechanisms.
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    Flush the toilet with the tank lid off, and watch the bottles through the entire flush and fill cycle. If they move around, you'll need to add more weight (i.e., pebbles). Again, be sure that they sit clear of the flushing mechanisms.

Tips

  • Sand can also be used instead of pebbles, but be sure the bottle caps are tight. If the sand escapes, it can block the flush hose or the toilet itself.
  • Only add one bottle at a time, and use the toilet for a few days, to be sure that all waste still flushes clear. If it does, then add another bottle.

Warnings

  • Don't put the pebbles directly in the tank as they will move around and block the flushing mechanism, which will lead to more expense.

Things You'll Need

  • Soda bottles with caps
  • Small pebbles/rocks
  • Water

Article Info

Categories: Toilet Maintenance | Water Conservation Solutions