Flush RIght World Changing Me Quest

Flush Right

Your Quest (should you choose to accept it) is to

Get your Flush Right (we're talking Toilets)

Level 1: #3Ps
1

Find out what you can flush down the loo. There is a clue in the title of this quest (#3Ps - Pee, Poo, Paper*).

Flushing the wrong thing down the toilet can lead to blockages, sewers flooding and the drains overflowing. Then the things that should be going to the water treatment plant end up in the environment instead.

Don't believe us? Your Water Company (they send you the water bills) will have a list of things that you can and can't flush. Check out their website and make sure everyone in the house knows what not to flush.

Level 2: #Notwasted
2

Make sure all the clean water you use to flush your toilet(s) with is #notwasted. Depending on your toilet(s), either fix a leaky cistern and/or if your flush toilet was installed before 2001 consider using a “hippo” or other water displacement device in the toilet cistern. Older toilets use more water than newer ones. Simply by putting something in the cistern you can save water. If it becomes necessary to flush twice you should put a smaller object in.

Leak? Sometimes you can hear if your toilet is dripping into the bowl. Sometimes you need food dye**.

Level 3: #Mellowman
3

well, do you know that old saying?
"If it's yellow let it mellow. If it's brown flush it down". You get the idea.

No? You want us to spell it out?

You don't have to flush the toilet every time you urinate. Urine is sterile (unless you are ill), so most of the time it's quite safe to leave it in the toilet bowl for a little while at least - obviously not until it's smelly or so full of paper it won't flush. Maybe flush once every two or three goes? Okay, okay so this is easier to do this level at home - when the whole household knows and agrees. So start there. Keep it #mellowman.

The average person in England uses 140 litres of water every day. Which is cool. Apart from, with population growth and climate related weather change, the people who investigate these kind of things (World Economic Forum, Environment Agency and others) currently reckon that we will run out of enough water for everyone by 2050. Which isn't cool. How much do you use? Hint: You will have to check your water bill (you may even need to work it out by dividing the total volume by days and people - you can do it) Yay maths! Hooray for calculators! On a more personal note; SAVING WATER = SAVING MONEY #Winning.
By "paper" we mean of course actual toilet paper . You need to be super sure that things like wet wipes are flushable. Look out for the official "fine to flush" logo on packaging which ensures that the product has passed strict "disintegration tests".
To find out if your toilet has a leak, put some food dye in the cistern (toilet tank) and wait 15-20 minutes or so. Then check the toilet bowl to see if the water has been discoloured by the food dye. If it has (and nobody flushed the loo while you were away) you have a leak. Sorry.
Okay, okay, so level 2 of this quest going to be tricky to keep repeating (how many toilets do you have and why do you need to keep fixing them?) so perhaps start a #notwasted campaign at your school/workplace/pub/football ground/somewhere with lots of toilets (only if they have inefficient loos - you'll need to do some research). Or report leaking public toilets to the organisation in charge of them (and keep telling them about it until they fix the leaks!).

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Level 1: #3Ps
1

Find out what you can flush down the loo. There is a clue in the title of this quest (#3Ps - Pee, Poo, Paper*).

Flushing the wrong thing down the toilet can lead to blockages, sewers flooding and the drains overflowing. Then the things that should be going to the water treatment plant end up in the environment instead.

Don't believe us? Your Water Company (they send you the water bills) will have a list of things that you can and can't flush. Check out their website and make sure everyone in the house knows what not to flush.

Level 2: #Notwasted
2

Make sure all the clean water you use to flush your toilet(s) with is #notwasted. Depending on your toilet(s), either fix a leaky cistern and/or if your flush toilet was installed before 2001 consider using a “hippo” or other water displacement device in the toilet cistern. Older toilets use more water than newer ones. Simply by putting something in the cistern you can save water. If it becomes necessary to flush twice you should put a smaller object in.

Leak? Sometimes you can hear if your toilet is dripping into the bowl. Sometimes you need food dye**.

Level 3: #Mellowman
3

well, do you know that old saying?
"If it's yellow let it mellow. If it's brown flush it down". You get the idea.

No? You want us to spell it out?

You don't have to flush the toilet every time you urinate. Urine is sterile (unless you are ill), so most of the time it's quite safe to leave it in the toilet bowl for a little while at least - obviously not until it's smelly or so full of paper it won't flush. Maybe flush once every two or three goes? Okay, okay so this is easier to do this level at home - when the whole household knows and agrees. So start there. Keep it #mellowman.

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