Americans make me angry. Well, not all Americans and not all the time. But we (notice I'm including myself) are so slow to adapt and accept new technology, even when we know it's for the best.
When I lived in Australia, I met my first HET, or high-efficiency toilet. Used in most countries around the world and mandated in Australia (where I lived for two years) and New Zealand (where my hubby hails) since 1992, an HET uses 20 percent less water than a standard 1.6-gallon toilet. HETs are becoming more popular in America but are not the norm. Not only are they good for the environment but they're good for your water bill.
I recently finished painting our downstairs bathroom (more on that story to come) and installed a Caroma Adelaide Cube Toilet. An HET, it's a dual-flush toilet, which I know I'm going to have to explain to my family when they come to visit, but the practicality of a dual-flush is worth the explanation. Caroma boasts that the Adelaide Cube is "virtually unblockable," and so far, so good! It is WaterSense approved, too. Lastly, I love the contemporary look of it, especially because it fits in well with our existing dual white sinks and standard shower. Who knew you could fall in love with a toilet?
Thank you Tracy for submitting your post. I too don't understand why it is taking so long for Americans to adapt water/ energy and therefore energy savings widely available worldwide. Caroma, an Australian company has invented the Dual Flush system in the 80's and set the standard in high efficiency dual flush toilets. Caroma is a worldwide leader of innovative bathroom products, including sinks and high efficiency dual flush toilets and have more WaterSense-approved toilets than any manufacturer. To see why they work so well, please visit http://www.youtube.com/ecotransitions or my blog http://pottygirl.wordpress.com/
I am not as lucky as you are. I brought my Caroma Sydney last month and I got nothing but problem. With every flush the water will splash up everywhere on the seat and cover. When there is a number 2, there are number 2 droplets on the seat, very disgusting.
I am very sorry to hear about your problems - this is not a common issue. I would check if it is installed correctly. Otherwise I would get a replacement from your Supplier, as you do have a warranty on it.
A dual flush toilet has two buttons for flushing, a half flush and full flush. The half flush, for liquid, uses 0.8 gallons per flush. The full flush, for solids, uses 1.28-1.6 gallons per flush depending on the model. Using the 1.6/0.8 dual flush technology can reduce water usage by 40% compared with traditional toilets that use 2.9 gallons in a single flush and by more 76% if using a 3.5gpf toilet.
Americans are very slow to adapt to new technologies--partly because we have a large population and partly because we are stubbon people (for better or for worse). I'm the last person to think I'm better than anyone else--I just think I have a better toilet and am more open to technological changes than some others. I appreciate a good exchange of ideas but will pass on exchanging insults.
Available from Caroma to Australians is a dual flush with a wash basin on the top of the toilet tank. As soon as you flush this toilet, note the goose-neck that comes out of the top where the fresh incoming water that fills the tank first falls into a small basin on the tank lid. In that way, when you flush the toilet, you don't need to wash your hands in the sink. You wash your hands over the toilet tank. Toto offers a similar toilet for other markets, but as of yet, neither is exporting these improved models to the American market. This is despite honors given to Caroma last month by Popular Mechanics magazine (look up "Top 10 Most Brilliant Gadgets of the Year" on the PM website). Isn't America ready for this toilet innovation?