Ontario is proposing to require that all toilets sold in the province use no more than six litres of water per flush.

The proposed measure would promote conservation and lower household bills for Ontario families.

Toilet flushing accounts for 30 per cent of in-home water use.  Replacing a 13-litre-per-flush toilet with a more efficient six litre or less model saves an average household about 35,000 litres of water a year.

Mandating water-saving toilets would support the proposed Water Opportunities Act, which is part of the new Open Ontario plan, which aims to make the province the North American leader in the development and sale of new technologies and services for water conservation and treatment.

“It takes a lot of energy to treat water and wastewater for Ontarians’ homes and businesses. Reducing the water we use in our daily lives achieves the dual benefits of conserving water and energy while helping consumers manage their water bills,” said Brad Duguid, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure.

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