The average person wastes almost 16 gallons of water per day - not by showering, not by bathing -but by flushing the toilet. In a move that toilet inventor Thomas Crapper could be proud of, a British man has invented a device to save some of this precious water.
David Wilks first came up with his idea, called the Interflush back in 2000. The technology teacher wanted to come up with a way for toilets to use only the amount of water needed to clear the bowl of its, ahem, contents.
His finished product is made of plastic, stainless steel and brass, and can be fitted onto a "siphon" toilet. When the Interflush is installed on a toilet, a person can control how much water goes down the hatch by simply holding the lever down long enough. When the person releases the lever, the toilet automatically stops producing water.
Even though he claims the invention could reduce Britain's water consumption by 20% if every toilet in the country was fitted with his device, Wilks's invention was first denied by toilet manufacturers, then by the investors in BBC's reality show, "Dragons' Den."
He finally decided to quit his day job, and turned his attention to producing his new device full-time. His company, Varyflush, promises customers that they will save half their toilet water consumption, or nearly 3,000 gallons per year. His persistence paid off, and his company recently recorded its 10,000 order.
See Wilks's success for yourself at his Web site.
Yorkshire Evening Press