In 1995 the National Energy Policy Act (H.R. 776) went into effect and mandated 1.6 gallon per flush toilets for the entire U.S. Gone were the days of the 5 gallon monster one-flush wonders.
Last week, NPR had a story titled “Can Low-Flow Toilets Gain Consumer Confidence?” that talked about the new WaterSense Label and how far we have come since the first low-flow toilet. The report also mentioned that thousands of Americans have smuggled illegal toilets from Canada.
So why does Canada still sell water guzzling one-flush toilets? Well, I found that Canada has had building code regulations dealing with low-flow toilets since 1996 similar to our regulations. All new homes must have low-flow toilets installed, and owners of homes built after the regulations came into effect are restricted to buying water-efficient toilets.
However, there is a loophole. Owners of homes built before 1996 can install any toilet they like. Now that is freedom.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
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