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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

RivoYear 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."

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1.5 Trillion Gallons of Water!

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.

 

Breakthrough Development

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.

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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.

Our Goal - Your Reward 

We set a modest goal of only $20,000 for a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.  The question is what is the mindset of the average Indiegogo visitor? 

  • Are they concerned about the drinking water issues in the USA and around the world?
  • Can they grasp the concept of a better flush system in the toilet?
  • Does a product that is not a high-tech gadget appeal to them?
  • Will they help us achieve our mission?

Since 2008, we have spent over a half million dollars developing and introducing our original products. And in 2013, after we started getting some distribution and sales, we learned how important this newest product feature could be. A catastrophic leak, while not as prevalent as a simple flapper leak, is far more damaging. So we invested a substantial sum in developing The Protector Flush System. And now that the injection mold tooling is complete and the product testing is finalized, we need to raise funds to purchase inventory from our contract manufacturer.     
We require only $15,000 to purchase a partial container of product. And we need $5,000 to introduce the product through our wholesale distribution channel. If we get less than the goal, we will order a smaller quantity at a higher unit price, and spend less on the marketing. Our hope, however is that we raise far more than the goal. If we do, it will indicate that the product may have even more consumer potential than we anticipate. In that scenario, we will increase our initial order to accommodate distribution to some other countries. And we will be able to fund a full blown marketing and promotion campaign.
     

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 Help Fund our Project and Get Perked!

To encourage you to help us fund this project, we are offering Aqua Mizer products that will actually give you a return on your investment and help you support the critical Green movement. And while all items are shipped free in the USA, if you could add $5 to partially defray shipping and handling, it would help make more funds available for our project.

And if you can't make a financial commitment, you can still help us by spreading the word about our important project. Tell your friends about our Indiegogo fund-raising program, and also invite them to visit our website: www.aquamizerinc.com to see for themselves how these products can make a difference. 

In addition to our sales in the US, we're getting inquiries from The Caribbean, Central America, Europe, India, The Philippines, Iraq, Australia and South Africa, among others. The Protector is going to provide the platform to help us launch distribution to these and other countries.

Each person that supports us with a financial contribution will have their name added to an Honor Roll Page on our website. We want everyone to know that you helped make the world a little greener, and made more drinking water available to people around the world.

waterbubblesMost 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. 

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Saving the Planet with American Ingenuity

When Aqua Mizer adopted this slogan, there was no thought that the company's products would be sold anywhere but the USA. In fact, the original business plan focused only on sales in this country. But as its early products became known, inquiries began coming in from The Caribbean and later countries throughout Asia, Europe and Africa.

IAPMO logoMore recently, The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), the organization that certifies Aqua Mizer products for uniform code compliance contacted company executives regarding the product's Green benefits. IAPMO's many sub-groups include teams that certify Green plumbing products, accredit Green plumbers, and train plumbers in water conservation around the world.

The IAPMO Group is urging Aqua Mizer to complete the Green certification for its flush systems. The group is anxious to facilitate the introduction of the flush units to India and other countries, where water shortages are critical.

Through this channel, there are opportunities to bring the Aqua Mizer technology to hundreds of communities that are building new housing facilities, hospitals, dormitories, hotels, etc. Efficient, sanitary toilet appliances and proper waste disposal are vital components in the process of getting people out of ghettos and into proper housing. The humanitarian benefit of providing quality toilet facilities that use the bare minimum of available water is immeasurable.

Aqua Mizer is also working with an organization in Iraq that is expanding distribution to the entire country, as well as all the middle-east countries to bring American-style toilet appliances, including the Aqua Mizer system. The expected results are similar to India, as these countries rebuild their infrastructures. Similar efforts are taking place in Australia and South Africa, where severe drought conditions are affecting the quality of life for everyone.

Closer to home, Aqua Mizer is working with organizations in The Bahamas, Costa Rica and other countries in the region to reduce their water usage with flush toilets. Soon the Aqua Mizer water-saving flush systems will be distributed where it will benefit millions of people.

We launched a Crowd Funding campaign on Indiegogo!  Check out the project. We'd be grateful for your participation with an investment or by sharing with your friends! Thank you!

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Last year I stayed at an old 50-room Victorian hotel in the bay area of St. Petersburg, Florida. What the hotel lacked in modern amenities, it made up in history, charm and wonderful dining. Unfortunately, the toilet in my room had a serious leak that caused the tank to refill every four minutes. Doing the calculation, I determined that this one unit was wasting nearly 200,000 gallons of water a year!

When I reported the problem to the front desk, commenting about how many other toilets in the building most likely had similar leaks, I got a blank stare, followed by a mumbled apology. The desk clerk didn't even ask my room number. The noisy toilet bothered me much less than the idea of millions of gallons of water being wasted by one small hotel with a blasé attitude.

BreakersOne month later, I had the opportunity to stay at The Breakers in Palm Beach, where the room rate was five times what I paid in St. Petersburg. And that toilet was also leaking, albeit not as heavily.

The lesson is that it's not the price or star-rating that will ensure a night's lodging where there isn't excessive water wasted. It's takes a green-committed, savvy management team that delivers a first class experience while taking the necessary steps to minimize their footprint. A team that also has its eye on the bottom line.

By spending about $50 per toilet, including installation, the St. Petersburg hotel could eliminate the leaks for a total investment of $2,500. If only 20% of their toilets were leaking (EPA average for percent of all toilets leaking at a given time), the hotel would net $47,500 per year after the initial $2,500 investment. What other investment could a property make and get a return like that?

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Earning More Money Using Aqua MizerSomething hits the market that promises to save water, save money, and add new earning opportunities for the average plumbing contractor and you'd think there'd be a rush to take advantage of the opportunity.  Right?

Wrong.  The problem is…. It's new. It's different.  It's not what everyone is used to.

Jack Pruitt, a consultant for Clockworks Home Services, who helps plumbing company owners grow their businesses, describes the mindset of the average business owner, "They are like water."  Water??  "Yes, they flow where there is the least resistance."

Ah!  Something new, something unknown, just takes that extra bit of effort to learn the nuance of the installation, and fit the new business opportunity into your daily routine.  Rather than buying the long-time leading toilet flush system (That's right, the gray one with the corroding metal parts), you would have to stock a new product and teach individual plumbers to reach for the Aqua Mizer rather than the old one. It's just as easy to install, so training is not an issue.  But it IS DIFFERENT and that ever so slight rise in the learning curve sends the waters of business habit back into the same old gutters.

Change Comes Slowly

There are relatively few changes that take place in the Plumbing business. Toilets pretty much flush they way they have for decades. Designs change, tanks have gotten smaller, and, of course, we have the dual-flush toilets.  Dual-flush toilets have been slow to catch on, but then they do have their flush issues don't they. What doesn't clear on the first flush, gets cleared with a couple more. Heck, don't we use the second flush option for everything anyway?

Homeowners probably don't know about this, but most plumbers use SharkBite push-fit fittings, which are considered the industry standard.  When SharkBite fittings were first introduced it took several years before plumbers would risk the change to a new type of fitting.  We all just feel more comfortable with what we already know. That's understandable.

Who will be the First?

Plumbers using Aqua MizerThose who are open to seeing the possibility for even more business success, a better bottom line, and the reputation for providing quality service are the ones who will be among the first to adopt a new, game changing technology such as the Aqua Mizer Flush System.  We invite you to be among the savvy, forward thinking, Green plumbers that have adopted this new technology..

Our friend Jack Pruitt has already alerted plumbing franchise owners who participate in the BuyMax and Success Group International networks, and more contractors are stepping up every day.  This is what they have seen:

  • The Aqua Mizer flush system is a MUCH better quality product than anything else on the market.
  • It's as easy to install as any other flush system.
  • The Aqua Mizer price point is fractionally more than the competitors, but it delivers far more value.
  • It's not available direct to consumer in big box stores.
  • It's a Green home solution, which is very important to the consumer these days.
  • It saves your homeowners money because of leak protection and water savings.
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Jack PruittWe 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?

Aqua Mizer and Ben Franklin PlumbingThe 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. 

 

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Aqua Mizer Toilet Tank Flush System

FLUSH FORWARD - A fledgling Gulf Coast company took its business plan to an MBA class. The results were instructive.

Originally Printed September 26, 2013

By Mark Gordon, Deputy Managing Editor

Reprinted with permission from the Observer Media Group

Aqua Mizer Adjustable Flush SystemAqua Mizer, a toilet products firm run by seasoned executives Mike Sisti and Dave Seaman, has been schooled. But in this case that's not a bad thing. Instead, the Sarasota-based company's business plan was a class project for M.B.A. students at Northern Illinois University in the summer semester. The 14-student class, comprised mostly of working professional adults, broke into four teams and analyzed  Aqua Mizer's business model, marketing strategy and operations. The students presented their reports in a Shark Tank-like competition at the end of the class.

Aqua Mizer has developed a series of patent-pending retrofit toilet-based products that prevent leaks  and reduce water usage in toilet bowls without impacting performance. One part regulates water that refills the bowl after a flush. Other products prevent and reduce leaks. No special tools are required for installation, say Aqua Mizer executives, and the system, which starts at $25, fits into an existing toilet.

The firm has mostly targeted the plumbing and multifamily housing industries for sales, going for  volume. But revenues have inched along, with projections in the low six figures for 2013. Sisti, however, is optimistic a flood of sales will accelerate in 2014 and beyond. The firm, in fact, projects $12 million to $15 million in annual sales within four years, according to its long-range business plan distributed to the M.B.A. students. "We have had some false starts and things fizzled," says Sisti, "but everything is coming back in a vengeance."

A big assist in that return is the Northern Illinois University project. Some companies would hesitate to open itself up to this kind scrutiny. But Sisti, Aqua Mizer's vice president of sales and marketing, says the class project, set up by an Aqua Mizer investor who is friends with an NIU professor, was worth it.

"Despite the firepower on our management and investor team, these young entrepreneurs opened our eyes to some marvelous opportunities," says Sisti. "They reinforced ideas we had but hadn't used. It was a great experience."

And it was more than an academic experience. Sisti says Aqua Mizer has reprioritized some projects and initiatives based on the students' reports and ideas. That includes reaching out to water authorities in a few states for possible sales, working with its Chinese manufacturer to open up distribution in Asia, and expanding an effort to build more awareness with consumers.

Aqua Mizer also contacted manufacturers and distributors in India after some students, natives of the country, reported on the untapped potential there. "We hadn't put India at the top of our list," says Sisti. "But they showed us a whole market and how to get to that market."

Aqua Mizer was founded in 2008, when Erwin Rachwal, a Sarasota engineer, invented the products. Sisti and Seaman, who previously managed a $120 million family-owned industrial coated fabric company,  bought Aqua Mizer in 2010. Rachwal remained with the company in an advisory role until he died, at 85 years old, in June.

Sisti and Seaman, in addition to a small group of investors, have put at least $600,000 into Aqua Mizer  over the past 18 months. The company seeks another $300,000 in capital, mostly for marketing. One of the firm's biggest challenges, though, is one that can take a lot of time, not just money. That's the  obstacle of getting from general market acceptance to sustained market penetration. "Even when (potential customers) understand the product," Sisti says, "we can't get always them to use it."


BuyMax SGI Expo Aqua MizerOur 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.Plumbers success international

Or don't wait to meet us in person, watch our demo video. 

Cliff D'AngeloThe following is a post by Guest Blogger, Cliff D'Angelo, Sustainability and LEED Specialist. It appeared in The Wholesaler, September 2013.

 

 

Every once in a while a product comes along that both solves a nagging problem and makes so much good sense that you say to yourself, "Why didn't I think of that?" The Aqua Mizer Adjustable Flush system is one of those products. As Sustainability Professionals, it is foremost on our minds that the best way to decrease the amount of potable water we use is to first fix the leaks that seem to be ever present in our plumbing systems. But we can't fix a toilet leak if we don't know the toilet is leaking!

Aqua Mizer Sustainability and LEEDThe Aqua Mizer flush valve system speaks our language. This truly innovative product alerts when a leak has occurred in the toilet tank and will stop the fill valve from continuously trying to refill the tank. How does the Aqua Mizer accomplish the solving of the leaking problem? It does so by utilizing an evolutionary fill valve design that doesn't use a float to start or stop the flow of water into the tank.  Instead, the Aqua Mizer fill valve uses a flush cap that's only activated by the depression of the toilet handle. Therefore, if your toilet is leaking through the flapper, cracked tank or tank-to-bowl connection, the tank will only leak out the water content of the tank and not continue to leak again unless you depress the toilet flush handle.

The following two accounts will help illustrate the power of the Aqua Mizer flush valve system. The first instance involves a hotel that suspected a number of its guest room toilets had flapper leaks. The maintenance personnel changed the existing fill valves in six toilets to the new Aqua Mizer fill valves,   keeping the old existing flappers intact. They then inspected the toilets the following morning and found three units where the water in the tank had leaked to the level of the flapper. They immediately knew those toilets were leaking at the old flapper and were able to replace the old flappers with a new Aqua Mizer adjustable flappers. The Aqua Mizer fill valve will alert you to when your toilet has a leak in the tank and will not flush again until you fill the tank by depressing the toilet flush handle. The EPA estimates that at least 20% of all existing toilet installations may be leaking, squandering billions of gallons of water a year. This is an incredible waste of water, energy and money!

 The second story is about a toilet in a well-used second bathroom in my own home. I suspected that the toilet had a flapper leak, but was unable to hear the fill valve refilling the tank. Potable water is fairly expensive in my town and I was frustrated by the increase in our monthly water bill. Subsequently, I removed the old fill valve and replaced it with the new Aqua Mizer.

After only a couple of hours I checked the level of the water in the tank and sure enough, the water had leaked out of the tank to the level of the old flapper. The Aqua Mizer fill valve had not allowed the tank to refill, illustrating to me that the flapper needed to be replaced! I immediately replaced the flapper and NO MORE LEAKING TOILET!

There are numerous additional benefits of the Aqua Mizer flush valve system as well. I noticed that the toilet seemed to be flushing with greater velocity. It's my belief that the flat design of the Aqua Mizer flapper allows water through the flush valve with greater velocity, affording the toilet more power with less water. Secondly, the toilet tank was refilling much faster with the new fill valve and that meant that waiting for the refill was reduced from minutes to seconds. In fact, a 17-location restaurant chain recently changed out their brand new toilet components for the Aqua Mizer system primarily for this reason.

The Aqua Mizer Flush System was easy to install, although a commitment to sell the system through the wholesale plumbing channel does allow it to be installed by professional contractors. This presents another great opportunity for our industry to introduce a water-saving green technology to our customers.

Aqua Mizer adjustable flush systemThe Aqua Mizer Fill Valve is an extraordinarily well-made unit with no internal metal parts to corrode or clog, and has an easily reachable filter that prevents sediment from infiltrating the tank's components. The fill valve has a 10-year warranty, and the flapper is warranted for five years. The components are IAMPO certified through various testing that includes soaking in a chlorine bath for 30 days, followed by 250,000 flushes without failure. Each fill valve is water tested at 125 psi before leaving the factory, an ISO9000 rated facility. Currently, there are 5 million of these fill valves in use throughout the world, performing optimally amongst some of the worst possible water conditions imaginable.

The Aqua Mizer product line is available through wholesale distribution only, a strong appeal for plumbing contractors. This distribution method was, in fact, a key component in the BuyMax Alliance, inviting Aqua Mizer to become a preferred vendor in their plumbing contractor network.

When Aqua Mizer was first introduced to the industry, plumbers greeted the system with skepticism. They were wary of a new, untested product, and were concerned about installing a product with such longevity.  But, savvy, proactive contractors recognized an opportunity to take advantage of the green movement to both up-sell this system to their customer base, and market it to their prospects. Once they tested the product in their own homes, they quickly became advocates and began installing them. Even more successful were those contractors who serve multi-family housing and condo facilities. One such plumbing contractor, so impressed after testing a unit, proposed the Aqua Mizer to one of his condo facility customers and immediately got a commitment from its property management director to upgrade and retrofit 700 toilets with the Aqua Mizer system.

Property managers have quickly realized that their ROI could pay for the system within one year. An apartment building owner in upstate New York installed 36 Aqua Mizer systems and recovered his investment in less than six months. A resort hotel in Venice, Florida has had similar remarkable results.

Aqua Mizer has recently published a white paper on water reduction results in various size toilets, and their water-saving calculator helps to easily justify sales to large property managers. Aqua Mizer products are available through most of the national distribution chains, plus a growing number of regional and local supply houses.

This small, entrepreneurial company, based in Sarasota, Florida is on the cusp of becoming an important player in innovative plumbing products. With the early success of the Aqua Mizer flush system, it plans to introduce a new product later this year that Aqua Mizer flush systemclaims it will be yet another game changer within the plumbing industry. But it's likely that you won't have to wait long for this game changer because they already have a home run with the Aqua Mizer Adjustable Flush System.

Cliff D'Angelo is a LEED AP and 20-year veteran of the plumb products manufacturing and wholesale industries in sales and sales management, with both Kohler Companies and Ferguson Enterprises. He is currently principal owner of GREENCLIFF, LLC, providing both LEED and sales consulting services. Additionally, he is on the forefront of introducing an innovative solar thermal dehumidification technology to the market.  Contact him at greencliff@netbusiness.com

Aqua Mizer leak prevention fill vlaveAlthough 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.

water saving toilet flush system1.  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.

 

 

 

Aqua Mizer toilet tank flush systemThe 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? Are leaks wasting you money?

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. The Aqua Mizer flush system can easily save you money.

- 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.

The Results

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?

How much would you save in your building?  Download our calculator and figure it for yourself. 

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.

Leaking Toilets stopped by Aqua MizerThe 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?

leaking toilet and Aqua MizerRunning 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

 The Results

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.

Makes you think, doesn't it?

Costa Rica waterThe 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 Costa rica mapand 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!

"Water Conservation is ALWAYS an island concern."

- Sydney Garland

SANA Plumbing, Turks & Caicos

 

Sydney Garland, Turks Sitting in the conference room of the Aqua Mizer offices in Sarasota, Florida, Sydney Garland of SANA Plumbing  in 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!

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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!

Bullit Center Grand Opening April 22From 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.

To quote their website, www.bullitcenter.org:

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."

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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.

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