O Canada, Give Us Your One-Flush Toilets

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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  1. That's not freedom, anyone should be able to buy any toilet they prefer, that would be freedom

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