Installing Bidet Seats to Save Water

Installing a bidet in the bathroom is a great idea and brings many benefits, including water savings. The bidet has been widely used for many years in Europe and Asia, but is just now starting to catch on in the U.S. The fact is once you’ve used a toilet fitted with a bidet you’re reluctant to “do your business” anywhere else. They’re that good. When your friends find out about the hidden gem in your bathroom they’ll be coming over to your house on a more frequent basis, just to use the restroom. If there are any negatives to installing a bidet that would be about it — uninvited guests arriving for the sole purpose of using your facilities!

What Are Bidet Seats and How Do They Work?

Traditionally, a bidet was a separate plumbing fixture in a bathroom, often sitting side-by-side with the toilet bowl. They became popular in an era when taking a bath was a major task, with water having to be heated on a stove and portable bathtubs heavy and cumbersome. The bidet made it possible for users to cleanse themselves in the important areas, after evacuation, without having to resort to a full bath.

1980 saw the first appearance of what was dubbed the paperless toilet in Japan, being a combination toilet/bidet unit. With the bidet portion of the fixture able to cleanse the user’s private parts without the need for toilet paper, the name was quite appropriate. Modern bidet seats typically feature two water nozzles, one for washing the anus and one for use in what is politely termed “feminine cleansing.” The process is much more thorough and hygienic than merely wiping oneself with toilet paper.

Modern Technology Creates Unique Restroom Gadgetry

Today’s most popular bidets are high-tech seats that can be quickly and easily retrofitted to existing toilet bowl fixtures. They simply plumb into the current water supply and plug into a standard electrical outlet. They offer a wide range of features such as remote control, adjustable water temperature and spray characteristics, heated seats, air dryers, odor eliminators and even massage features. Some of the most popular models include the Bio Bidet bb 1000, the Brondell 1000 and the Toto s300.

The Water Saving Aspect

The manufacture of toilet paper is a water-intensive process and usually employs the use of poisonous chemicals such as chlorine and dioxin. Using a bidet curtails the need for using toilet paper and is a much more sanitary solution to cleansing oneself after using the toilet. It also allows users to take less frequent baths or showers. Both of these benefits add to conservation efforts of precious water resources.

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