We've been sharing the results of our tests on the Aqua Mizer toilet tank flush system all along, but now those who have invested in retro-fitting larger buildings with the Aqua Mizer are singing its praises as well.
Property Manager Kevin Richards has a wonderful success story from his work with a new residential condominium. Read on for the details!
Case Study for Rivo at Ringling, Sarasota, FL
Year Built: 2006 Toilets: 1.6 Gallon, 2-piece Structure: 15-story Tower
Rivo at Ringling is a residential condo building with 106 units, where residents pay their water bill as part of an assessment in their maintenance fees.
Kevin Richards, a licensed CAM, is the on-site property manager for the luxury high rise complex, As an industry veteran, he recognized that the constantly increasing water and sewer charges were higher than average. Although the building infrastructure and common areas, including locker rooms, fitness facilities, pool, etc., were being well maintained by an on-site staff, he had no control over the individually owned residential units. After researching all water-saving solutions, Kevin presented the Aqua Mizer system to the Board of Directors as a possible solution for the high water bills.
The Board, being skeptical of a new product, requested that some sample systems be installed in their common area toilets for testing. They also used Aqua Mizer's water saving calculator to determine the potential ROI on the cost of purchasing the product for all apartments. After seeing the performance of the flush units, and the calculated payoff could be achieved in less than six months, the Board voted to have the association install Aqua Mizer systems in every toilet in the building.
The maintenance manager and a part time assistant performed the installation, working in between their scheduled tasks and other duties. The fill-in project was completed over a six week period to retrofit all 235 toilets in the building. Following the installation, several residents called the manager's office complaining that their toilets were empty each morning. This indicated that there were leaks present, despite the fact that all toilets had new Aqua Mizer Adjustable flappers installed. The maintenance crew carefully checked the settings of the new components in these tanks and confirmed that they were properly installed and adjusted. Further examination revealed that these tanks had cracked flush valves, which are not normally replaced in this type of retrofit. The tanks were then removed, new flush valves were installed, and the tanks remounted on the bowls. And this solved the problem.
"Unless we installed this leak prevention system from Aqua Mizer, we may never have found the leak source in those tanks" noted Richards.
The first month's water bill following installation showed a reduction of nearly 110,000 gallons of water from the bill for the same month of the previous year. Based on this saving, the Association will recover its investment well within the six month estimate.
In conclusion, Richards commented, "The projected savings achieved with the Aqua Mizer system will significantly help me manage Rivo's annual $1 million budget. And it helps our goal to implement Green solutions."
The EPA and the American Waterworks Association tell us that this much water is wasted each year just in the USA by faulty, leaking toilets. And yet no one is really addressing this issue. The government focuses on mandating low flow toilets that save one half to two gallons of water per flush (about 3,000 gallons a year), but that's a drop in the toilet when you compare it to 75,000 or even 200,000 gallons just from one leaky toilet. 75,000 gallons of water fills four swimming pools! And almost no one realizes that their toilet will waste that amount of water when it starts leaking.
We're Aqua Mizer, a small team of entrepreneurs that are developing and marketing water saving products to be sold around the world. Our best selling product is the Aqua Mizer Adjustable Flush System that has the following features:
A patented fill valve that prevents leaks and keeps that 75,000 gallons of water from flowing into your toilet and going down the drain.
A design that includes no internal metal parts to clog or corrode.
An adjustable flapper that flushes with less water and more velocity, allowing one strong flush instead of two or three weaker flushes to clear the bowl.
A sediment filter that is easily removed for cleaning.
A 10-year warranty on the fill valve and five years on the flapper.
And now we are in the final stages of completing our newest product, The Protector Flush System. This game-changing device will turn off the fill valve in the event of a catastrophic leak or flood. If the flapper gets stuck, the tank cracks, the bowl clogs, or some other problem occurs, and water is running uncontrolled, the system will turn off the incoming water in about a minute. This could prevent untold amounts of water being wasted, and more importantly, save tens of thousands of dollars in flood damage, and even much more if you live in a multistory building.
Barriers to Success
While most people are Green-conscious, they don't want to be inconvenienced in order to make their homes Green. They don't appreciate the importance of saving water through leak prevention. And they don't realize the incredible amount of water they are wasting with the insidious leak in their toilet. However, we're confident that they will respond to a simple, inexpensive device that will not only prevent that quiet leak, but also protect their home from serious damage.
The flush segment of the toilet bowl industry is dominated by a handful of players that offer basic products that flush toilets, but do not effectively reduce water consumption. And since our patented products do so much more to address the critical need to save water, the competition would like nothing more than to stifle our entry to the market and halt our success.
And these are the reasons why this new Protector System is so important. It is a break-through product unlike anything available on the market. And one that we expect will immediately gain national recognition.
Most people don't think much about the water being wasted by their toilet. One of the reasons is that they don't usually know there's a leak, because the leak itself is silent. They may hear the tank refilling, but that may not even register with them. And besides, it's just a tiny leak. How much water can we be talking about?
Well that tiny leaks starts out as a drip here and there, and gradually increases. So your water bills start to climb by a few dollars, and you can't distinguish what may be causing that small increase. But over time the bill grows, and while you may compare it to the previous month's bill and see a slight increase, it's now much larger than last year's bill. Because now you losing 6,000 gallons of water, and probably much more, each month. Unchecked, this translates to 75,000 to 200,000 gallons a year.
So what does 75,000 gallons of water really look like? If the water from that leaky toilet were not going down the drain, if would fill your entire house, floor to ceiling in less than six months. In a year it would be enough to fill four swimming pools! Equally important to the waste of all this precious drinking water, is the cost to you. That volume of water could increase your annual water charges by $1,000 to $2,000 or more.
And what if that leak became a flood with a cracked or broken tank, or a hung-up valve sending water into a clogged toilet. Now, in addition to large volumes of wasted water, you now have flood damage to your home. And if you live in a multistory building, you could be wreaking havoc upon your neighbors living below you, at a staggering cost.
And these are just some of the reasons you don't want an ordinary fill valve in your toilets. The standard toilet tank products that are on the market perform the basic functions of filling and flushing toilet bowls. The Aqua Mizer line of innovative Green products go well beyond the basics and prevent both insidious and flood potential leaks, reduce flush volume, increase velocity, filter out sediment, and optimize the performance of the toilet bowl. And they pay for themselves in no time.
We sat down recently with one of Aqua Mizer's biggest fans, Jack Pruitt, a franchise operations consultant and trainer for Clockwork Home Services. Jack spends a lot of time on the road travelling across the country talking with the owners of plumbing services companies. You've heard of Benjamin Franklin Plumbing®? They are one of the fastest growing plumbing franchises in the United States and Jack has been helping each and every plumbing services entrepreneur in that company GROW THEIR BUSINESS.
And Jack knows how to grow business. He owned his own plumbing contract business in and around Waco, Texas. He was successful and sold his franchises when he was ready to move on to help other plumbing businesses achieve the level of success he had seen.
What does this have to do with Aqua Mizer? We'll let Jack tell you in his own words, but let's just cut to the chase and say, Jack sees Aqua Mizer as a new way for plumbing contractors to add value to their services (read up-sell) and by doing so, EARN MORE MONEY.
The #1 Benefit of Aqua Mizer for Plumbing Contractors
Surprisingly, the number one benefit of the Aqua Mizer Flush System that Jack pointed out has nothing to do with the new technology. "You can't shop it," says Jack.
You Can't Shop It?
The Aqua Mizer Flush System is not, and will not, be sold in the big box stores direct to the homeowners. This is not true of the long-time market leader in toilet flush systems. You know who we are talking about, the one made of that drab gray plastic with metal parts that often corrode.
By presenting this Green solution to your customers and prospects you have the edge of exclusivity. Homeowners can't buy it themselves at Home Depot and you build an even stronger relationship because you solved their problem with an even better solution than before. This helps you retain customers and makes it more likely they will tell their friends about you!
It Flushes Better
Jack said it quite simply, "It flushes better." This means the flush is stronger because of the design of the Aqua Mizer flapper. One flush clears the bowl of more than you'd think possible. "This keeps the bowl cleaner," he added, "and it even uses less water per flush." That makes homeowners happy, too.
It Prevents Leaks
Leak prevention is an even stronger benefit than using less water per flush. Even something as common as a flapper that doesn't seat well can cost the homeowner substantial money if the tank keeps filling and draining out. "No other product, and certainly not the market leader, has that patented ability to positively prevents leaks," said Jack. He's referring to Aqua Mizer's uniquely designed fill valve that stops leaks as they occur.
It Offers You an Opportunity to Add to Your Services
Plumbers are called to replace a flush system in a home or commercial building all the time. Imagine the increase in business, and the resulting happy customers, if you not only fix the toilet problem, but offer to provide a better, Green flush for every toilet in the house. Replace not one flush system, but all of them in one visit. Jack points out, "You earn more, build the relationship with the homeowner, and the homeowners are happier about saving money on their water bills, and helping the environment. It's a win-win."
So what's a Plumbing Contractor to do?
Jack shows this video demo of how the Aqua Mizer flush system works at the end of every workshop and seminar he presents. If you follow Jack's advice, you'll be buying your first carton of Aqua Mizer Flush Systems, and providing a green home solution that will save money for your customers and add more to your own bottom line as well.
Our crew at Aqua Mizer, Inc. has just returned from an exciting week in Boca Raton, Florida at the BuyMax Success Group International Expo, September 18-20. We've been exhibiting the Aqua Mizer Adjustable Flush System at shows across the county for over a year now and we can feel the momentum build.
Thanks to some recent articles printed about Aqua Mizer in publications such as The Wholesaler and Business Observer, we fielded repeatedly the question, "Where can I buy Aqua Mizer?"
Music to our ears, almost as sweet as that increased velocity of an Aqua Mizer flush. Buy Max dealers have been among the first on the Aqua Mizer trend since we made product available a year ago. And it makes sense, the BuyMax SGI group calls itself "the home of the successful independent contractor."
These are business owners who are motivated and looking to achieve freedom of time, financial independence and market dominance. Part of that success formula is working only with the best vendors and suppliers. Aqua Mizer achieved approved status, ahead of its competition, and BuyMax members had a jumpstart on theirs.
The BuyMax members we were meeting with at the SGI Expo are the most forward-thinking independent plumbing contractors in the industry today. They participate in a subgroup of the SGI, called Plumbers' Success International® group which combines the plumbing industry's most powerful business-building tools with the insight of the most successful contractors in the country to create an organization dedicated to helping the independent residential contractor achieve greater success in their business.
Flying with the eagles, that's one key to success, and we were certainly enjoying some good company in Boca Raton.
If you missed your opportunity to meet us there, don't worry. We'll be visiting other exhibitions and conferences in the coming year, as well as participating in Counter Days, Product Demonstrations, and other local distributor events.
Or don't wait to meet us in person, watch our demo video.
Although similar in appearance to other fill valves, the Aqua Mizer toilet fill valve is very different. Unlike other fill valves on the market, it is not controlled by the water in the tank. It can only be activated by the flush handle. This amazing feature prevents leaks and can easily save 75,000 gallons of water a year.
This is the #1 reason Aqua Mizer stands alone among anything else on the market to prevent leaking and save money, a top priority for property managers, facilities maintenance directors, and any business owner with an eye on the bottom line.
Here are 13 additional reasons why the Aqua Mizer Toilet Fill Valve is known for its unprecedented quality.
1.The Aqua Mizer Fill Valve is IAPMO certified, requiring 50 flushes in 120F water temperature at 125 psi, leak and distortion testing at 150 psi (120F), and then being flushed 250,000 times without failure.
2.The fill valve used in the Aqua Mizer system has been marketed for over 10 years, with over5,000,000 in use around the world.
3.The leak prevention component of the Aqua Mizer Fill Valve was introduced in 2010, with over 10,000 units distributed in North America.
4.Every single fill valve is individually water tested at 125 psi before leaving the factory.
5.The Aqua Mizer manufacturing facility is ISO9000 rated.
6.The Aqua Mizer Fill Valve is the only consistently performing leak prevention valve on the market.
7.The unit is warranted for 10 years, and there has never been a single return for defective parts, workmanship or breakage.
8.Although the competition warrants their fill valves for five years, they often breakdown sooner. The competitors' replacement parts, when installed, override the original productwarranty, and the replacement parts are only warranted for one year.
9.The Aqua Mizer Fill Valve contains no internal metal parts to clog or corrode,
10.The Aqua Mizer unit is one of the only fill valves containing a removable sediment filter that keeps the valve clean and functioning optimally.
11.The unit is made of stabilized acetal copolymer, which is a superior material that has better resistance against degradation than other toilet tank products.
12.The Aqua Mizer System is covered by multi-million dollar liability coverage.
13.There is not another fill valve on the market with these credentials!
That should be reason enough to be using Aqua Mizer. But here's 8 more.
Property managers, large facility maintenance managers, wholesale distributors of plumbing products and plumbers themselves are all seeing the value in AquaMizer as a smart alternative to the tried-and-true, but old-fashioned toilet flush systems that provide little extra value. Here are 8 reasons to take a closer look at the savings provided and hassles avoided by the Aqua Mizer toilet flush system.
1.Aqua Mizer is an approved flush system vendor approved by and exclusively available through most regional and national wholesale distributors.
2. The Aqua Mizer Fill Valve is IAPMO certified, after being flushed 250,000 times without failure.
3. The fill valve used in the Aqua Mizer system has been marketed for over 10 years, with over 5,000,000 in use around the world.
4. The leak prevention component of the Aqua Mizer Fill Valve was introduced in 2010, with over 10,000 units distributed in North America.
5. Every single fill valve is individually water tested at 125 psi before leaving the factory.
6. The unit is warranted for 10 years, and there has never been a single return for defective parts, workmanship or breakage.
7. The Aqua Mizer Fill Valve contains no internal metal parts to clog or corrode, which is a serious structural flaw of the competitors' products.
8. The Aqua Mizer unit is one of the only fill valves containing a removable sediment filter that keeps the valve clean and functioning optimally.
The EPA provides a WaterSense designation to 1.28-gallon toilets, touting the savings these toilets provide. When in fact, the savings amount to .32 gallons per flush. When multiplied by the average of six flushes per day times 365 days, the total annual savings come to 700 gallons of water. At an average cost of $10 per 1,000 gallons (water and sewer fees), the savings in dollars amounts to $7. And that assumes that you never have to flush twice because the lower water volume did not clear the bowl on the first flush.
Purchasing and installing a 1.28-gallon toilet will cost $200-$500, providing a return on investment that will take longer to achieve than paying off your 30-year mortgage. To soften this blow, government agencies and water authorities often offer rebate and incentives to make these purchases. But directly or indirectly, you are still paying for this product, either in cash, taxes or utilities fees. But, hey, you're going green and contributing to the sustainability of the environment.
So while you have figured out that replacing your 1.6-gallon toilet with a 1.28 is a questionable investment at best, this wild card will push the idea off a cliff. Every toilet, including your new 1.28 unit will leak, and that leak, going undetected, will dwarf the savings in the flush volume. According to the EPA, and confirmed by the American Water Works Association, the average leaking toilet will waste 75,000 gallons of water a year! And we've seen toilets leaking 200,000 gallons.
So here's a real solution to save water with your toilet tank. Instead of purchasing a $200 toilet, install a $30 Aqua Mizer Flush System in your existing toilet. This proven, certified product will reduce your flush volume from 1.6 to about 1.2, while increasing the flush velocity to clear the bowl with one flush. And more importantly, the system prevents leaks, giving you that serious water saving. And now you have a really green toilet.
Have your water bills seemed unusually high lately? Your water bills could be higher than normal for a number of reasons. Here are some ways you can troubleshoot to see why your bills are high:
1. Your bill includes a graph of your water consumption (in units where 1 unit = 748 gallons of water)for the past 12 months. Does the consumption seem normal compared to the previous billing period or the same billing period last year?
2. Has the amount of water you've been using changed? Have you had houseguests for an extended period of time? On average, a person uses 40-80 gallons of water per day.
3. Seasonal watering – For example, certain times per year, you may be watering your lawn more frequently. Running your sprinkler for just one hour can use 400 gallons of water. If you don't have a sprinkler timer, did you forget to go back out and turn it off?
4.Do you fill a swimming pool with a garden hose? Or maybe use a pressure washer to clean the deck and driveway? At four gallons per minute, pressure washing for four hours can use 960 gallons or over a unit of water.
5.There could be a leaking faucet or a running toilet in your home. Check for a possible leak by turning off everything in the house and then going out and looking at the water meter. It should not be moving at all. If it is moving, you have a leak somewhere in your house.
Small drips can equal big problems
Slow drips of water can add up quickly. A toilet that "keeps running" after you flush or a sink that drips after it is turned off can waste thousands of gallons of water a year. A small leak in your automatic irrigation system can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month! If the drip is hot water, you are paying for wasted energy too. Fix leaks as soon as you find them. They won't go away on their own.
A "Running" Toilet Leak
One of the most costly household wastes of water is a leaky toilet. It is estimated that 20% of all toilets leak!
According to the American Water Works Association, toilets account for 45% of all indoor water use in a typical residence, more than any other fixture or appliance.
Older toilets (installed prior to 1994) use 3.5 to 7 gallons of water per flush and as much as 20 gallons per person per day.
Replacing an old toilet with a new model can save the typical household 7,900 to 21,700 gallons of water per year, cutting both your water and wastewater bills.But this can hit the budget hard if you consider the cost of the replacement toilet plus labor.
A lower cost retrofit solution is to replace your old tank's flush system with an Aqua Mizer flush system that saves water with every flush. Even more it detects and stops leaks when they first occur saving you even more money in the long run.
Toilet leaks can range from small to large, constant to random, or from being heard or silent. All leaks cause wasted water. Depending on the water pressure to your house, a running toilet can leak 1 gallon of water per minute, which adds up to 1,440 gallons per day. This is almost 2 units of water waste a day, and if left undiscovered, a running toilet can waste almost 60 units of water a month.
Fortunately, most toilet leaks are relatively easy to fix. In a properly functioning toilet, no water should move from the tank to the bowl, unless the toilet is being flushed. A leaking toilet loses water from the tank to the bowl without being flushed (#1 below). A toilet can also waste water due to an improperly adjusted or broken fill (ballcock) valve causing water to enter the tank and flow into the overflow tube (#2 below).
How to check for leaky toilets:
1.Most toilet leaks are caused by a faulty flush valve (also known as "flush valve ball", "flapper valve", or "tank stopper"). A flapper valve should be replaced every 3 to 5 years. How to check for a leaky toilet flush valve:
- Carefully remove and set aside the tank lid. (Don't worry; this water is clean until it enters the bowl.)
- Add some food coloring or a dye tablet to turn the water a different color.
- Put the tank lid back on.
- Wait 15 minutes and do not flush.
- If dye appears in the toilet bowl, the flush valve in your toilet is leaking and should be replaced.
2.The second most-common type of toilet leak is caused by an improperly adjusted or broken fill (ball cock) valve. If the float is set too high or if the shut-off valve fails to close completely, water will continue to enter the tank and flow into the overflow tube.
This type of leak can be seen simply by taking the tank top off and observing if water is flowing into the overflow tube once the tank is full.
That's where Aqua Mizer comes in. The new Adjustable Toilet Flush System with a suggested retail cost of $29.99 is an easy choice and an easy retrofit solution for most toilets.
Did you know there are leaks in at least 20%, and possibly 40% of the toilets in the buildings you manage? Yes. These numbers are supported by studies by EPA/WaterSense and the American Waterworks Association.
Your tenants either don't know or don't care about this waste. They're busy and they don't pay attention to toilet tanks refilling, even when they are not being used. And they don't see the water bills that reflect this excessive water usage.
WHAT A HEADACHE!
But the cumulative leaks like these are also a potentially powerful blow to your budget depending on how long the leak remains undetected and the cost of water in your community. We've heard that at some facilities, water is the largest expense in their operations budget.
We understand your pain and have developed a handy calculator to help you assess the potential savings that can be realized when you install the Aqua Mizer Flush Systems in the toilets under your care.
This is how it works.
First, count the number of toilets in your building.If the building is older, it is likely the toilets have the original 3 gallon tanks. Newer buildings will have the 1.6 gallon tanks or the smaller 1.28 gallon tanks.
Now, let's estimate the number of flushes per toilet. The average person flushes the toilet six to eight times a day. If the toilet is being shared by two people, you'd be safe to say 15 flushes a day. Also consider that, anecdotally we know that we humans will often flush the toilet twice to get that extra bit of waster or toilet paper down the drain. We do it even more with the smaller, low flush toilets that don't often clear the bowl on the first flush.
Our calculator will automatically configure the number of total flushes and the water saved with each flush based on the tank size. It will also estimate the number of toilets likely to be leaking right now.It uses the EPA's lower estimate of 20% of all toilets in the U.S. are leaking at any given time.
One last variable is the cost of water per 1000 gallons. The U.S. average is $2 per 1000 gallons. Some communities are much more and some less.
Bob owns three small office buildings where there are a total 37 toilets, unfortunately, all of them are the older 3 gallon tanks.The situation in each office varies on the number of employees sharing a toilet and whether or not there is client/customer traffic using the facilities as well.He estimates that each toilet gets about 20 flushes a day. He's busy so he just assumes the cost of water in his town is the average $2 per 1000 gallons. Bob plugs the numbers into the calculator and learns something.
If he installed the Aqua Mizer Flush System in each of these toilets, he would save:
270,100 gallons of water saved by flush efficiency in just one year
544,522 gallons of water saved by stopping leaking toilets
$ 1,630 in savings in the first year
If the cost of installing an Aqua Mizer Flush System in every toilet totals $925 (that's $25 per unit), the return on the investment is $705 in the first year.With the 10 year warranty, it expands to a long term ROI of $15,375. How many other investments pay that kind of return?
You might find the answer to that question if you spoke to one resident of Donner Springs, Nevada who was unknowingly losing between 800,000 and 900,000 gallons per month for approximately four months. The water was leaking from a yard line and the water never surfaced. The rate of the leak was approximately 20 gallons per minute. At the metered rate for his community, the four water bills totaled more than $10,000.
The answer is YES! Leaks in your home or business can be costly–for you and for your community's water supply. Luckily this fellow lived in the region managed by the Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) where they take water quite seriously for more than 330,000 residents of Reno, Sparks and Washoe County, Nevada.
The Truckee River winds down from Lake Tahoe on a 100-mile route through Sierra mountain canyons, past the communities of Reno and Sparks, and finally carves through the high desert into Pyramid Lake. The river is the lifeblood of civilization in the Truckee Meadows, supplying 85 percent of the water consumed. TMWA customers reap the benefit of the cold water source at Lake Tahoe and state-of-the-art treatment plants, receiving some of the purest water in the country.
They have a team at the TMWA that is on alert for leaks and runaway water meters. That's how they were able to catch that $10,000 leak in Donner Springs and another 300,000 gallon a month leak under a back yard deck that was going unnoticed. (That one would have been an extra $1000 per month in water bills.)
Wouldn't we all like to have someone watching out for us who can alert us to a leak so we can stop it immediately?
Any homeowner would agree after opening that one surprising water bill.When you are responsible for an entire block of apartments, you understand that pain multiplied.
Aqua Mizer focuses on toilets, so let's consider, how much water could just one toilet waste?It can't be that much, right?
TMWA recently documented a toilet leak at 19 gallons every five minutes, or 164,000 gallons in a month. Yep, contrary to what we might think, it is entirely possible for a running toilet to lose that much, or significantly more.
Another TMWA customer recently discovered a toilet leak of 144,000 gallons per month. Average inside water for a family of four is 6,000 gallons per month. That costs over $350 in unnecessary water usage charges for just one month.
Why does the TMWA join us in focusing on toilet leaks?
Running toilets account for the vast majority of leaks found inside the home. While nobody wants to admit their toilet leaks, it is estimated that about 20% of all toilets leak slightly. A toilet leaking one gallon every five minutes will cause the usage to jump by more than 8,500 gallons in a month—and you may never hear the water running.
Aqua Mizer is not the Truckee Meadow Water Authority, but it does detect a leaking toilet almost immediately.An Aqua Mizer Flush System installed in one toilet will detect and stop leaks for up to 10 years of service (under warranty).
We'll make it easy for you.Our Water Savings Calculator will tell you exactly how much money you can save with the security and flush efficiency gained by installing an Aqua Mizer Flush System in every toilet under your watch. If you are interested, you can download it here.
Let's see, if the TMVA installed Aqua Mizer in every toilet under their jurisdiction, how much water and money could be saved?
165,000 toilets (2 people per toilet) – 1.6 gallon average tank size Average of 10 flushes per day 33,000 leaking toilets at any given time (EPA's 20% estimate) Estimated cost of water at $3/1000 gallons
250 MILLION gallons of water saved by flush efficiency in just one year
2.5 BILLION gallons of water saved by stopping leaking toilets
$ 8 MILLION in savings in the first year.
If the cost of installing an Aqua Mizer Flush System in every toilet totals $4.13 million, the return on the investment is $3.87 million in the first year. With the 10 year warranty, it expands to a long term ROI of $75 million. That's $225 saved per each potentially leaking toilet, per year.
The small and verdant Central American country Costa Rica is the poster child for ecotourism and environmentally friendly public policy.Twenty years ago in response to rapid deforestation, Costa Rica decided not to wait for the international community to act and started to put their own green economic model into place.
Among other things they've pioneered payments for environmental services (PES). The idea is simple: landowners are rewarded financially for actions that maintain environmental services that benefit other people, who then pay for that gain. Lowland water users would, for example, pay highland communities that plant or protect forests and so maintain the flow of water downstream.
Costa Rica's water treatment delivery system is somewhat cumbersome and costs have increased due to these conservation measures.The government implemented water taxes, with 25% of the revenue reserved for paying for environmental services in key watersheds.
Now in 2013, the government policy makers (local to national), industry leaders and citizens have largely embraced this environmental ethos and respect for natural resources. The rain forests of Costa Rica now vary in density from north to south, but their common denominator is the importance of rainfall to keep nature in balance.
Unfortunately, the past two years have been some of the worst drought years on record and many areas of Costa Rica are feeling the effects of that drought.The landscape has been greatly affected as well as the cost and scarcity of water.
Given this set of circumstances, it doesn't take much imagination to understand why there is strong interest in the water savings to be seen by the installation of Aqua Mizer flush systems in toilets in major resorts, public buildings and residential structures throughout the country.
One resort owner was so excited about the cost savings of decreased water usage and elimination of waste that he is showing it to government officials as well.
In a country where the people take such pride in their natural resources and are always very concerned regarding water use, we may well be seeing more green and white in their toilet tanks soon!
Sitting in the conference room of the Aqua Mizer offices in Sarasota, Florida, Sydney Garland of SANA Plumbingin the Turks and Caicos Island grinned ear to ear as he listened to engineer Jonathan Kim explain the key elements of their innovative flush system design.Sydney is a Master Plumber, and one of the largest contractors living in and serving residential and commercial clients throughout the Turks & Caicos Islands and what he sees is something that can dramatically impact his country and his business.
The Turks and Caicos Islands lie southeast of Mayaguana in the Bahamas island chain and north of the island of Hispaniola (shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti). The total population is about 33,000, of whom approximately 27,000 live on Providenciales in the Caicos Islands.
Sydney has lived there his entire life and now enjoys the fruits of his labors and the success of his business with his wife and two sons on Grand Turk Island. He's been a plumber for over 25 years and shared the story of how he got his start with the Aqua Mizer team.Years ago a British plumber Arthur Noyes came from London to install all the bathrooms in all the primary schools in the Turks & Caicos. Sydney's uncle worked as a plumber with Noyes.Sydney was just a boy, but learned the trade at his uncle's side.Now as a master plumber, he trains many other young talents.
Water is Scarce, Expensive and Corrosive
Although his family lives on the island of Grand Turk, Sydney travels by boat and on land to provide plumbing services to his clients throughout the archipelago.There are many factors that make his services essential to commercial and government interests.
Here are some key points that will help you understand the water situation in the Turks and Caicos:
·The main sources of water are rainwater, reverse osmosis desalination plants, non-potable water resources such as saline, brackish and "gray" water, and groundwater.
·Saltwater reverse osmosis plants are expensive to build, run and maintain (think electricity, which is very expensive on the islands, and labor costs!). A fact of life is that fresh water is very costly to produce.
·Although rainwater is caught and held in cisterns and residential homes have their own pressure pumps and septic tanks, water is a very scarce and valuable resource.
·The salt water used in toilets on the islands corrodes any metal parts in toilet tanks much more quickly than standard water used in the U.S.
·If it is estimated that an average of 20% of toilets in the U.S. are leaking, it is assumed that percentage is even higher on the islands that have older toilets with metal components in the flush systems AND saltwater running through them every day.
Aqua Mizer Takes the Cake
When Sydney heard about Aqua Mizer from Leroy & Herma Forbes of L&H United Utilities in Miami, the proverbial light bulb popped on over his head. He immediately saw the potential both for water conservation in the islands and for his own business.
Sydney decided he had to examine the Aqua Mizer system in person and simply bought a plane ticket and scheduled time to join the Forbes and meet with Jonathan and Aqua Mizer president Dave Seaman. What they saw was as impressive as they imagined. "That takes the cake!" was how he described it.
It seemed very clear to him that by installing Aqua Mizer flush systems in hotels, resorts, and public facilities they could significantly reduce waste through leakage and minimize maintenance costs. Although their resident population is small, tourism and the daily arrival of cruise ships bring in over a million tourists to the islands every year.Just imagine an average cruise ship with 3,000 passengers disembarking every day. The water used by this number of tourists alone is staggering.
Our tests show that older toilets equipped with the new Aqua Mizer system use 37.00 % to 52.33% less water per flush.If your resort or restaurant could affect that kind of a saving from an expensive water bill, it might make life different, wouldn't it?
We aren't surprised that Sydney and his friends at L&H can see this new technology taking hold quickly.The low price per unit, ease of installation, and immediate cost savings make it easy to adopt on a larger scale.They are just starting now, but can see opportunities for changing the world with this new flush technology by introducing it to other nearby island countries that have similar conservation concerns such as the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
As you read this blog, there are Aqua Mizer systems already working their magic in the Turks and Caicos and there will be plenty more in the future!
We recently read about the grand opening of Seattle's Bullit Center on Earth Day 2013. It's apparently now the greenest, most energy-efficient commercial office building in the world. That's six floors of a 50,000 square-foot building that utilizes nearly every green technology you can imagine, and even some you can't!
From the outset, the developers, the Seattle-based sustainability advocacy group Bullitt Foundation, were committed to create a showpiece for green design--and a model for others to follow.
The goal of the Bullitt Center is to change the way buildings are designed, built and operated to improve long-term environmental performance and promote broader implementation of energy efficiency, renewable energy and other green building technologies in the Northwest.
"The most unique feature of the Bullitt Center is that it's trying to do everything simultaneously," says Bullitt Foundation President Denis Hayes. "Everything" includes 100% onsite energy use from solar panels, all water provided by harvested rainwater, natural lighting, indoor composting toilets, a system of geothermal wells for heating, and a wood-framed structure (made out of FSC-certified wood).
The building is 100% solar powered. And that says something about the feasibility of using solar. If you can make it work in rainy, cloudy Seattle, then it could work anywhere.
Another feature that seems odd in that particular locale is that the structure catches enough raw rain water in an underground cistern to be to used throughout the building AND enough to survive a 100-day drought. In Seattle? Well, with climate shifts these days, who knows? Again, as a showcase for design and performance, it's inspiring, don't you think?
Of course, we scoured through the website copy to learn what technologies they used to save water in the toilet flushing department. Here's what we learned.
Living Bulding Challenge Net Zero Water Goal and Composting Toilets
The Bullit Center is designed to meet the rigorous standards of the Living Building Challenge (LBC), including Net Zero Energy and Net Zero Water. Micro-foam-flush marine toilets with an onsite composting system are used to help achieve the Net Zero Water goal.
Net Zero Goal - "100% of occupants' water use must come from captured precipitation or closed loop water systems that account for downstream ecosystem impacts and that are appropriately purified without the use of chemicals... 100% of storm water and building water discharge must be managed onsite to feed the project's internal water demands or released onto adjacent sites for management through acceptable natural time-scale surface flow, groundwater recharge, agricultural use or adjacent building needs."
Back to Reality
A tip of the hat to the Bullit Foundation and what they have achieved in this remarkable green building. Anything we can do to reduce the carbon footprint of mankind, we're all for it. However, right now, we know plenty of folks don't have the deep pockets to build new buildings and homes or start major facilities renovations. What about making the existing buildings as green and efficient as possible?
That's where Aqua Mizer comes in. The new Adjustable Toilet Flush System with a suggested retail cost of $29.99 is an easy choice and an easy retrofit solution for most toilets. Click here if you'd like to learn more about how you can make your building just a greener for Earth Day 2013 and save money for the rest of the year.
Aqua Mizer Saves Water, Detects and Stops Leaks, Saves on Maintenance Costs
The streamlined version of the Aqua Mizer Adjustable Flush System has produced a groundswell of positive buzz in the plumbing and property management circles. The less complex version of the original product that was featured in the 2102 ASPE Innovation Showcase delivers the same leak prevention and flush volume reduction as the original, features a simpler design that has fewer parts and enables the product to be sold at about half the price of the original.
After months of field-testing, this water-saving system is generating strong endorsement from users. The testimonials are pouring in from savvy adopters, and several national distributors have added the Aqua Mizer line to their offerings. In fact, Ferguson sales teams from their hospitality division, recognizing the potential opportunity with their customer base are being trained on the features/benefits of this green product. Aqua Mizer has also become a member of the international buying group, BuyMax Alliance.
From property managers, hotel operators, plumbers and homeowners, the comments are all positive. Apartment complex owner Paul Gilfus, who installed only 30 units reported, "We determined that through the use of the Aqua Mizer, we were able to reduce our water usage by 36%. I project we will save $2,371 in the first year of use of this product." And from hotel manager Alan Wells, "The value of the products is immeasurable because not only do they cut down on water usage in the short term, but they eliminate the possibility of a leak."
The system's unique leak-prevention feature gives the user full control of the water entering the tank, whereas the competition relies on the water level to activate the fill valve.So even if the tank is losing water for any reason, it will not refill unless it is flushed. And the new chlorine-resistant flat flapper is adjustable to set the optimum flush volume for each individual toilet. It is also a flat-bottomed flapper, designed to improve the flush velocity, for a quick, short flush that clears the bowl every time. The Adjustable Flapper comes with a five-year warranty.
The Aqua Mizer fill valve, with its superior construction contains no internal metal parts to clog or corrode, which has been shown to be a significant source of leaks in other manufacturer's valves. It also has a removable sediment filter that prevents damaging particles from entering the fill valve. And the unit has a 10 year limited warranty. These features are particularly popular with maintenance managers, who normally spend more time repairing toilets than any other task.
The Aqua Mizer Adjustable Flush System is proving to be a marketing tool for proactive plumbing contractors to offer to their green-conscious customers. Robert Adams, VP Sales & Marketing for Lima Company commented, "We are always looking for innovative products that will truly help our clients drive down the costs of operating their facilities. This product is one that we will be bringing to all of our clients for review. No brainer."
We recently got a letter from the Lima Company in Philadelphia, PA. After learning about Aqua Mizer they installed the flush system in every toilet in their 37,500 sq foot facility and have been very happy with the results.
But here's the exciting part. These folks really know their business. Bob Lima founded Lima Company in 1976 when he purchased a used Bell Atlantic van and began doing small residential maintenance jobs in Northeast Philadelphia. His commitment to do quality work at a fair price allowed the business to grow in to a large company specializing in plumbing, HVAC, and Building Comfort/Energy Management Controls
Today, LIMA Company employs the best people in the industry and has become one of the most highly respected commercial plumbing, HVAC and mechanical contractors in the Delaware Valley with a long list of blue chip customers.
So these are the guys that decided to test the Aqua Mizer Adjustable Flush System themselves before sharing the new technology with their customers. Their reputation is staked on their promise not to promote or recommend any products until they test them in their facility first.
"We have had these flush valves installed in our heavily used bathrooms, within our 37,000 square foot facility for many months, and they are performing very well," wrote Robert Adams, Jr., LIMA's VP of Sales and Marketing. "As a matter of fact, it helped us discover that we have had a leaking flapper in one of our bathrooms for 'who knows how long'. In my mind, this paid for the product tenfold".
When these highly skilled craftsmen who are always looking for ways to help their clients reduce operating expenses gave Aqua Mizer the thumbs up, we were quite pleased to say the least!
Mike Sisti, Aqua Mizer's VP for Marketing, thinks Lima has more good things coming to it, saying, "Lima is bound to see a big leap in sales as they recommend this green, water-saving product to their base of commercial and residential customers."
Mr. Adams concluded his letter by saying, "This product is one that we will be bringing to all of our clients for review. Between the facts that it exposes the most costly water waster in a building, the leaking flapper, it also is backed by the Ten (10) year Limited Warranty. No brainer. Keep up the great work."
You know those handy bleach tablets you can buy to keep your toilet bowl clean and fresh? They're easy to use – just drop them into your tank and they do their magic silently. Right?
Well that magic ends up eating away at all the rubber and plastic parts in the tank – you know, the flapper, float, fill valve, all of it. Best case scenario when you use these potent chlorine-laden hockey pucks is that you replace the flapper and flush system more frequently than usual. Worst case scenario you'll need to remove the entire tank to replace the mounting bolts and gaskets.
The biggest producer of this "Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner" is Clorox, which was slapped with a class action lawsuit in 2010 for property damage suffered by those who purchased and used the product. The lawsuit claims that while the package says the cleaner "does not harm plumbing," the tablets cause the rubber and plastic parts in the tank to corrode. Eventually the tank could fail or the seals aren't tight anymore, according to the suit. Clorox denied these claims and claimed the tablets are safe when used properly. However, they did settle to end the legal battle. Source
Those tablets are still on the supermarket shelves and homeowners continue to choose the convenience of dropping a tablet in the tank.
If you are still making that choice, stop!
In addition to conserving water, detecting leaks and saving your money, there is another surprising benefit of installing an Aqua Mizer Adjustable Toilet Flush System in your toilets at home. One of our users told us, "The flush is so strong that I find I am cleaning the bowl far less often!"
The higher velocity flush that results from the new technology helps keep your toilet bowl cleaner. No chlorine used, just a much stronger flush than standard systems to clear the contents and residue, leaving little to stain the bowl. (Of course, you will still need to clean the bowl, just not as often.)
Skip the tablets and install Aqua Mizer. Save money, water…. and time!
What homeowner hasn't opened a water bill only to be knocked to the floor when it's five times the normal amount, or more? And unless you have a serious undetected leak somewhere in your house, it's almost certainly a faulty toilet. So you replace your flapper valves, and in six months or a year, you get hit with another whopping bill.
Even your "normal" water bill is probably too high. So, what are you going to do about that? Sure, you can replace your aging, inefficient toilets and install expensive, low-flush toilets. And you will save some water, providing a single flush does the trick. However, the real savings only comes if you permanently prevent the toilets from leaking. Here are the facts:
26.7% …the percentage of water used by toilets alone 20% …the percentage of toilets that leak 85% …the percentage of leaks in residential plumbing systems found in toilets 200 gallons …the amount of water wasted by one leaky toilet in one day 75,000 gallons …the amount of water wasted by one leaky toilet in one year
So how much water do you think we are wasting and what can we do about it?
As we see, whatever type of toilets you have the best thing is to minimize the flush AND guard against leaks. Until recently, option A – replace the flappers, was the only course of action. We're here to introduce another path to savings.
Option A – Stay on top of it by checking the flapper (#1 cause of leaks in toilets) routinely and replace it with a standard market flapper each year. That should be a minimal expense, right?
$5 …the average cost of a flapper 3 …the average number of toilets in a household 1 …the number of times you should replace a standard flapper each year $15 …the average amount you will spend every year to replace each flapper $300 …the amount you will spend replacing each flapper in your home over 20 years $78 …the cost you will pay a plumber to install the flappers annually $1,560 …the cost you will pay multiple plumbers to install multiple flappers over 20 years
Grand Total = $ 1,860
We suggest the second option.
Option B – Be proactive and frugal at the same time. Instead of buying new toilets or new flappers every year, replace your existing toilet flush units with The Aqua Mizer Adjustable Flush System. You will use minimal landfill space, dramatically reduce your water usage and water treatment costs. And you'll be taking this environmentally green step while spending a lot less money.
$ 25… suggested retail cost of one Aqua Mizer Adjustable Flush System 3 …the average number of toilets in a household 2 …the number of times you might install an Aqua Mizer system over 20 years $ 75 …the average amount you will spend installing Aqua Mizer system each time $ 50… cost of occasional replacement of filter or flapper alone over 20 years $ 150 …the amount you will spend replacing AquaMizer in your home over 20 years $ 90 …the cost you will pay a plumber to install unit each time $ 120… cost of occasional toilet maintenance for filter/flapper replacement over 20 years $ 300 …the cost you will pay plumbers to for flapper maintenance and 2 installations over 20 years
Grand Total = $ 500 during a 20 year period.
If installation and maintenance savings are not enough, consider with the the reality of saving up to 75,000 gallons of water per year from leaks alone (make that 1.5 million gallons over 20 years), there are also the benefits of saving water with each flush.
Here is what the Aqua Mizer Adjustable Flush System offers:
Better Flush Efficiency -The system's design improves the overall performance of all toilets, including typical low-flush toilets, as it flushes with higher velocity.
Superior Design and Manufacturing - For quality control, the entire system has been flushed 250,000 times after soaking in a chlorine bath for 30 days, and every single unit is tank tested before delivery. The flapper is made of highly chlorine resistant material.
Unparalleled Performance - The Aqua Mizer Adjustable Flush System provides a simple solution to upgrade just about any toilet bowl to a totally efficient, code compliant, eco-friendly system that will easily outperform anything on the market.
Positive Leak Prevention – Specially engineered float cup prevents tank from refilling if leak occurs.
Flat Flapper Improves Flush – Flapper design allows unobstructed flow of water into bowl at maximum velocity
Optimum Flush Performance- Adjustable flush volume control, uses the weight of the water in the tank to increase velocity with less water being flushed.
Special Filter – Fill valve is designed with a built-in, removable filter to easily discard accumulated sediment and debris.
Prevents Leaks from Corrosion – Unlike other fill valves, this system contains no internal metal parts to clog or corrode.
Water is an absolute necessity—not only for our survival but also for cooking and sanitation. In first world countries, clean water is often taken for granted: all we have to do is turn on our faucet and clean water comes out. In developing countries, sometimes water sources are polluted so people don't have access to clean drinking water. In these situations, conserving water is even more important.
The Water Cycle
There is a finite amount of water on the earth. That water gets used, recycled and used again through a process called the water cycle. Most people have a basic understanding of the earth's water cycle: water is collected as condensation in the clouds, it rains down on the earth, accumulates in rivers, lakes and oceans and then condensates again. However, that process takes time.
Why Conserve Water?
If the water we use eventually gets recycled naturally by the earth, then why should we bother conserving it? The answer is that the water cycle takes time and people are using water faster than the earth can replenish it.
Benefits of Conserving Water
Helping our planet should be reason enough for us to be responsible with the water we have. But there are other benefits to using less water.
Energy savings – When you use less water, it means that you place less demand on your water utility company. This saves them the energy that they would use delivering the water to your home. Using less hot water will also reduce the amount of energy your hot water heater uses.
Additional energy saved - There is a huge amount of energy saved from the water treatment process as well. The less water treated, the less energy used.
Cost savings – You pay for every drop of water that comes into your home. It seems logical that if you use less of that water that you will save more money.
How to Conserve Water
Inevitably, we are left with the question "How do we conserve water in our home?" There are a number of easy and affordable ways to reduce the amount of water that you use in your home. Installing aerators in your sink faucets, fixing leaking toilets faucets, always washing a full load of clothes and others are all great ways to reduce the amount of water that you use.
But the toilet in your home is one of the biggest wasters of water. The average toilet gets flushed 6 to 8 times every day and can use up to 30 gallons of water. Additionally, most toilets waste up to half of their flush water because of insufficient water velocity and improper flush volumes.
But forget the flush, did you know that 20% of the toilets in the United States are leaking right now? And one leaking toilet can lose tens of thousands of gallons before you are aware of it. When you can identify leaks immeidately and fish them easily, the water saved from leaky toilets is dramatically higher than the water saved per flush
Aqua Mizer is dedicated to developing products that area designed to reduce the amount of water needed for each flush. The Aqua Mizer adjustable flush system is a new product that uses as little as 1 gallon for each flush and offers better flushing performance. By optimizing the flow and velocity of water into the bowl, the Aqua Mizer flush system provides better flushing with less water.
And remember the leak problem? When you have the Aqua Mizer installed, you will know within a day or two that a leak has there. No more days of months of wondering why your water usage (and bill) is high.
Water conservation is a worthwhile investment for any home. It will not only make your home more green, but it will also save you money in the long run!
This information is provided courtesy of JD Plumbing Company, a plumber serving the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area specializing in drain cleaning and hydro jetting. Please visit their blog for more tips on how to improve your plumbing.