Is it Time to Upgrade Your Toilet?

If your toilet was installed before 1994, it could be using 3.5 to 7 gallons of water per flush.

Since 1994, all newly manufactured toilets have been required to use 1.6 gallons per flush or less.  If you haven’t upgraded your toilet in a while, consider doing so to conserve water and reduce water bills.

The Sharon Water Department is committed to helping residents conserve water by offering rebates for water efficient appliances.  Terms & conditions apply.

For the most water efficient toilets on the market, look for WaterSense labeled toilets.

Fix Toilet Leaks

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Did you know that a leaking toilet can waste 200 gallons of water per day?

The cause of most toilets leak is often a worn out toilet flapper, an inexpensive rubber part that can build up minerals or decay over time.

If you hear the water running in the toilet tank long after you’ve used it, or if you see water moving in the bowl long after you’ve flushed, there’s a good chance that you have a leak.

Keep in mind however, that some toilet leaks are SILENT, so the only way to know for sure is to test your toilet.  It’s not just old toilets that leak.

A good way to check for a leak is to place a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color shows up in the bowl within 15 minutes, without flushing, you have a leak.   

Fixing a leaky toilet is usually an easy homeowner repair, with many on-line or video resources to show you what to do.  You can also consult a home improvement store or licensed plumber.

 TIP:  Bring the old flapper to the store to be sure you buy the right part. You can also check the owner’s manual, or manufacturer’s website for the replacement part number.

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