How Low is Your Flow?

Sometimes doing good leads to something bad, or, in this case, something stinky. San Francisco’s big push for low-flow toilets was successful in conserving water, but the decrease in flushed toilet water led to a seriously clogged sewage system, and now the city is planning to control the odor and flush the pipes out with a $14 million, three-year dose of bleach. So how does Santa Cruz’s situation compare? According to Santa Cruz Wastewater Main Manager Chris Cave, we’re in the clear thanks to a system comprised of smaller pipes that require less water and an overall lower demand. He adds that the City of Santa Cruz does not use chemicals, such as bleach, for sewage system odor control. It appears that the low flow toilet owners in Santa Cruz can continue to flush with ease.  18.5 The average amount of toilet water used per day, per person in Santa Cruz, according to the Residential Water Use report. With low flow toilets, this figure could be 8.5 gallons.

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