How many times does your toilet get flushed / day?

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  1. Michael W. Smith

    Michael W. Smith Well-Known Member

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    Being in a rural area with our own well water (which is a 20' hand dug well) and when we get an extremely dry spell, we can "run" out of water, we watch how often we flush our toilet.

    (In the 19 years we have lived here, we have experienced twice where we "ran out" of water. The "running out" consisted of not watching what we did or being conservative enough and we would draw the well down to where it wasn't sucking any water. But by the next morning (even in extremely dry periods) we had water.

    During dry periods if it gets severe enough, we take our laundry to town to do them there and just watching how long our showers are, how often we flush the toilet, etc, we always have water.

    But even in periods of plenty of water, we still conserve as much water as possible - we time our son when he showers and let him know he needs to conserve, and we usually only flush the toilet when we have a bowel movement. (You know the old saying "It's it's yellow, let it mellow, if it's brown, flush it down.)!

    Having 3 people in our house, I would say on average our toilet gets flushed a total of 2 - 3 times per day. (We know we could flush the yellow, but just can't see wasting water as well as putting even more water in our septic tank.)

    So, what about you, how many people in your household and the average flushes per day?
     
  2. Trisha in WA

    Trisha in WA Well-Known Member Supporter

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    We do the same thing with the toilet flushes. I can't see using fresh water to flush the toilet all those times every day. Oh! You could also save some of that shower water to use for flushing if you wanted to REALLY conserve.
    We currently live in an area where water is abundant, but we will be moving soon to the high desert. We have started doing many of these water saving things now so it is just second nature to us. Besides, it just seems like the responsible thing to do.
     

  3. Lyndseyrk

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    We also follow this rule. We are a husband/wife and 2 small boys household. Me being a female, I use tp when I pee, unlike the guys in the house. So pee will get flushed once there are three wads of tp in the toilet. So, I would say we flush 6 times a day.
     
  4. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Would it help if you could save the shower water to flush the stool? Having a little outhouse always saves water. We never had a bathroom, shower or tub when I was growing up. It was always washing in a wash pan, or in a laundry tub. The wringer washers used much less water than the automatics. When you carried every bit of the household water in to the house in a pail after pumping it by hand, you automaticly became conservetive.
     
  5. madness

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    I'm pregnant right now. If I flushed the toilet every time I peed, I bet we'd be using hundreds of gallons of day just for that! :eek: But like lyndseyrk, with TP, you gotta flush more often - I have the three times rule as well.

    But I work away from home with a shared bathroom. So there I flush each and every time. I don't have a good grasp on how many times the home toilet gets flushed really since I'm not there during the day!
     
  6. FarmerChick

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    well water with perfect deep well even in southern drought times
    I flush. I leave nothing in the bowls....ewww...honestly I couldn't stomach it but that is just me.

    We don't overflush but we do when required :)

    We conserve water as much as we can within reason. 3 people in the house with flushing---maybe 12-15 give or take I guess...LOL
     
  7. GrannyG

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    At school, where I work, we have self-flushing toilets and urinals. I kept hearing the toilets in the girl's bathroom flush over and over....I went in to check...there was a prissy little kindergardner, all stall doors open, and she was singing and prancing back and forth in front of the toilets making them flush over and over....made my day!
    In the boy's bathroom, I checked to find the "eye" of the urinals wrapped all around with paper towels so they would not flush...never a dull day ! Today was see how far a roll of toilet paper will roll around in the bathroom.....these kids make me laugh every day.
     
  8. Michael W. Smith

    Michael W. Smith Well-Known Member

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    Lyndseyrk & madness, to conserve even more the majority of our toilet paper is thrown away in the waste can right beside the toilet.

    All "yellow" paper goes in there, and the majority of the "brown" goes in there too. The worst of the "brown" is thrown in the toilet.

    Most brands of toilet paper do not decompose well in the septic tank, so we choose not to even "over work" it, even if we do use an "environmentally friendly" kind.

    As for scooping shower water to flush the toilet, I think we are conservative enough, I'm not going to get THAT obsessive about it!
     
  9. watcher

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    Since we moved and put in a new septic system the wife has started putting TP (and other things) in the trash instead of flushing. We had never thought about just how much was going into the system until we started doing this.

    We still flush the. . .ah. . .well let's just say "soiled" TP, we ain't that fantastical about it.
     
  10. ErinP

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    There's just something about kids and bathrooms. Especially at school because it's one of the few times where they don't have direct supervision! lol

    I had a second grader once who was what can only be termed "devious." He was always scheming on his next diabolical plan. ;)

    Anyway, one of my third graders came back from the bathroom one day and said Jesse had a paperclip and had jimmied open the paper towel dispenser.
    My devious second grader came in about two minutes later, sheepish because he knew the third grader was going to rat him out.

    "I hear you picked the lock on the paper towels, Jesse."
    Yeah... Toe picking at the carpet.

    "What was in there?"
    Paper towels. Continuing to pick with his toe...

    "Just paper towels??"
    Yeah...

    I made him give me his paper clip and said no more picking locks. I was probably entirely too easy on him, but several years later, that still makes me smile. Neat kid who was completely unappreciated by almost every adult that knew him... :(
     
  11. mnn2501

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    average daily flushes - for 3 at least 40, but one does have a medical issue that affects that.
    Also, I am a fanactic about always flushing, you might even say obsessive/compulisve, the toilet WILL be flushed every time in my house period: my house, my rules
     
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    Yup ,we do the yellow/mellow, brown/down thing. Probably flush about two or three times a day. We're disgusting pigs. Don't know how we've lived this long while the germaphobes keep dy'n all around us:heh:
     
  13. watcher

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    He will probably make an adult like me. A couple of weeks ago our church was helping out at a local school event. We needed something out of a storage room so we could finish setting up but no one had a key. Well let's just say I "suddenly discovered" the door wasn't locked.

    Some of only use our talents for good, well any more that is :grin:
     
  14. salmonslayer

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    We have plenty of water at both our house in Alaska and our farm in Missouri but the Missouri farm house has a septic tank that was poured in place in 1945 and its very small (just DW and I) so we are careful. We replaced all of our toilets with high end low water (1/2 Gallon) flush types that work well (cheap ones you have to flush 2 or 3 times sometimes). We flush every time but use TP recommended for septic tanks and I like my rural property because I can pee anywhere I want to.

    I do like the Outhouse idea though mentioned by WIHH and may have to check that out; they are not a problem for my place in Missouri.
     
  15. Jean in Virginia

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    We do the mellow yellow thing to, and also don't flush toilet paper.

    I work in a small store (I'm the only one), and occasionally a customer will
    want to use the facilities and I either run in to flush it, or tell them if they are a regular. Most folks think it's a good idea.
     
  16. jil101ca

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    We also do the mellow yellow and only flush when 3 wipes are in there. My Dad had a fit when we first moved here, he said he was going to get a disease from using a dirty toilet. I told him not to drink it and he would be ok :) He has adjusted. The tank is ok but the well is very shallow.
     
  17. danielsumner

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    The house here in Miami, everything gets flushed, everytime. Sometimes I think the DW uses a whole roll of tp for each TEE TEE. The Georgia house is another thing, we have a septic tank. Still flush after each deposit, but only the "yellow tp" goes in a trash can, and the "off color tp" gets the deep six.

    Daniel
     
  18. I guess I have a sensitive sense of smell . Everything gets flushed every time .
     
  19. Mooselover

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    we just bought a house in town so now we have city water. the first thing i bought and had installed was a low flow toilet. moose isn't toilet-trained:smiley-laughing013:, so i'm the only one using the toilet. i usually flush after tinkle 3 or 4. if brown, it goes down. i drink a lot of water so i tinkle more often than most. i'd say about 5-6 times a day. i've considered not flushing the TP but i was wondering about the smell.
     
  20. countrysunshine

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    If I am home alone I can wait a time or two of yellow to flush. If hubby comes in he has to flush it before he will use it. We have the "econo-flush" toilets in two bathroom and an older reclaimed toilet in another. If it is an econoflush it will be flushed twice for every use. So, it isn't very economical!