NYC Launching Low-Flow Toilets Program


wbUp to 10,000 New York City buildings would get environmentally-friendly toilets under a new program to save millions of gallons of water each day.

The Wall Street Journal says as 200,000 toilets would be replaced under the $23 million program. It would save the city $9 million a year.

The city’s Water board is expected to authorize funding for the program on Friday when it adopts the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

If successful, the city hopes to expand the program next year to include smaller residential buildings.

The toilet replacement is part of an effort to reduce overall demand for water by 5 percent by 2020.

The city offered a similar program between 1994 and 1997; 1.3 million toilets were replaced.



  1. I have low-flow toilets in my home and they are no problem at all. You just have to flush them twice. (This could get me kicked out of the lib club.)

  2. These Low-Flow Toilets do not flush properly. You need to flush it three times to get it done. It ends up using more water than the old toilets and is inefficient and more time consuming to use.

  3. Regular flow: 1.6 gallons per flush.
    Low flow: 1.28 gallons per flush.

    So if you flush the low flow more than once, your actually using MORE water. How’s that for conservation!

  4. Y’all are clearly buying the wrong low-flow toilets. They’ve been mandated down here in Georgia for a while (you may have heard, our resevior was taken away). Our county (the one I used to live in) offered a tax incentive to change over to low-flow. The one I got at Home Depot flushes far better than the old ones because of better design and technology. In 3 years I’ve never had to double flush. In commercial buildings, the toilets use even less water and are even stronger. Do some shopping.

  5. Except you have to spend more time with multiple flushing and plunging and calling a plumber to get them unclogged. They will be something De Blasio will be remembered for during the next several decades of Republican mayors.

  6. Seems like a good idea, but with patchy benefits. Reminds me of clever scientists who bred chicken without feathers, only to find it cost far more to keep them warm that to pluck regular birds!