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iguacu-falls-brazilianIn 1738 English architect John F. Brondel developed the first flush valve toilet. Brondel’s invention utilized a valve to control the amount of water flushed with the simple push of a lever, making toilets more hygienic and allowed “out-house” toilets to be incorporated inside the home itself. Brondel’s innovations nearly 300 years ago have strongly influenced the bathroom as we know it today.

Fast forward to 2003, in San Francisco, California a new company incorporates themselves under the name Brondel Inc., in homage to John F. Brondel. True to the ingenuity of their namesake, the company has developed an innovative retrofit kit named Perfect Flush, to convert your conventional commode into an eco-friendly water saving dual flush model – yourself – in 30 minutes (15 minutes if you’re handy) – now for only $79.00!

The EPA expects 36 U.S. states to experience water shortages in the next 5 years, while 55 billion gallons of fresh water is being flushed down the drain everyday. So, it’s going to take a village – a big, round, beautiful, blue-green village to keep our fresh water flowing.

Innovative, affordable products like Perfect Flush will allow all of us to be good water stewards. Providing the option to achieve the same desired results – saving over 50% of water normally used – without spending tons of money on a water conserving dual flush toilet and an expensive plummer for installation. Plus the added benefit of about $100.00 a year savings on the water bill.

Company founder and CEO Scott brondell perfect flush systemPinizzotto says the product fits 98% of the 220 million residential toilets in the United States (Note: not compatible with pressure assisted, tower-style or flapperless flush valve systems). Just remove the existing fill valve from the toilet tank and install the Perfect Flush components (shown in green in the drawing). A fill valve connects to the dual-flush system and half/full flush selector. The half flush button is perfect for liquid-only wastes (80% of one day’s flushes are typically for liquid waste), while the full flush button is ideal for solid waste.

Brondell Perfect Flush (http://www.brondell.com/products/PerfectFlush.php) Features:
* Eco-friendly uses 50% less water
* Dual flush advanced technology
* Hydro-powered lifter
* Easy to install and use
* Half and Full Flush button
* LED low battery light indicator
* Adjustable flush volume
* 20,000 flushes per set of 4 “AAA” batteries
* Controller can be placed on top of toilet tank lid
* Fits most tank toilet fixtures (one and two-pieces)
* Fits majority of pilot-style and ball-cock fill-valve systems

John F. Brondel’s ingenious invention saved us from running out into the cold, scary, night for nature’s call. 272 years later, the Brondel name and inspiration is saving us from running out of cool, fresh water.

….. as the green future unfolds.

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25 Responses to “Green Inspiration Spans Centuries”

  1. Termite Identification Says:

    That looks like a nice concept. A simple way to conserve water would be to use rainwater and collect in a tank and use that for flushing and simple tasks.
    .-= Termite Identification´s last blog ..Termite pictures – Odontotermes longignathus =-.

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Termite … That is very true. However, this will help all folks conserve water at a decent price.

  3. vein Says:

    This is a nice simple idea that would have an impact. I think sometimes stuff gets “over thought” when incrimental changes like this can really add up!
    .-= vein´s last blog ..Caption Contest =-.

  4. Linda Says:

    Hi vein … How true! I bet that there will be more like this coming down the pipe! 😀

  5. Nathan Rodriguez Says:

    Great idea on saving water making more than one flush type available.
    .-= Nathan Rodriguez´s last blog ..Campo Terrestre =-.

  6. Linda Says:

    Hi Nathan … I believe this guy is about to become very happy…

  7. latev Says:

    Very good idea, but is it clean?

    Regards,

    Latev

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi latev … Yes ! it is a water saver and it is an environmentally friendly way to get rid of our waste. I would not really use the word “clean” when discussing this topic. 😉

  9. Lissof Says:

    Water conservation is a concern for all inhabitants here on earth.
    In many areas of the states, the flow of water and the consequences of it use, is not readily understood by the common man.
    In the major metropolitan areas flush water is treated to the same level as water for consumption. Then retreated to be returned to the river it was pulled from, so that others downstream may pull and retreat the water for their use, and then retreated for return to the river.
    Thus the cycle continues.

    When the cost of water and sewer services makes it economically viable and/or legislated water conservation devices are mandated, such devices will become the norm.

    However the British have a system that has merit. See here (cute video with the news clip):
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/cambridgeshire/8357134.stm

    Then again Discovery Magazine has reported on how the Brazilians have addressed the issue of water conservation in the Atlantic Rainforest their own way. See here (another cute video):
    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/discoblog/2009/08/05/brazilians-urged-to-pee-in-the-shower-to-conserve-water/

  10. Linda Says:

    Hi Lissof – LOL! Like they haven’t been going in the garden in the first place! Sounds like that little bit of ingenuity grew from a defense response to a “urinating in public” arrest!

    Apparently a very slow news day for the BBC – but, whatever it takes to get the green word out — I guess!

    And as for the Brazilians – OMG! People please! Just go in the toilet and if it’s yellow let it mellow – if it’s brown flush it down. My goodness Lissof, where do you find this stuff!

  11. new illuminati Says:

    Actually, flush toilets ARE AN ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER. Human-produced fertiliser is routinely ‘flushed away’ and all the soil nutrients are wasted thanks to the ‘innovation’ of flush toilets.
    We use composting toilets here in the bush; they’re safe, fully contained and provide incredibly good soil after a year or two – if you watch your diet!
    It’s hard to see the destruction you’re responsible for producing when you’re inextricably bound up in an inherently mad and wasteful system.
    But keep up the Great Work, Forced Green – and see http://newilluminati.blog-city.com and http://hermetic.blog.com

  12. Linda Says:

    Hi illuminati … I am cautious about composting human waste because of bacteria, etc. yet NASA does it so what the heck!

    Hi Lissof … I love humor ! the more the better and You certainly have it!

  13. Lissof Says:

    Hi Linda,

    My intent was to give readers a chuckle,,,, 🙂 Then have them sit back and ponder,, about our use of water and what the population of earth will do in 30 years when the population doubles… 🙁

    I’m glad you saw the humor.

  14. Karen Says:

    Well, we can always use better ideas to save our water.

  15. Linda Says:

    Hi Karen … and there are more ideas to come!

  16. Billiard Supplies Says:

    Your post has me thinking what if we have a huge water shortage soon. What would we do??

  17. Linda Says:

    Hi Billiard … it is here in places all over the world. This is just one of the things that could help where ever you are.

  18. Barbara Says:

    This is a great idea. Toilets really are a water waster for the most part. Especially if they aren’t working properly and they keep running.

    A friend of mine watched her water bill sky rocket because of a running toilet! 🙂

  19. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … Yep! I have heard of that as well. Those little flappers do wear out! 🙂

  20. JLancaster Says:

    I had my last house all decked out to save water in ultra-hot South Texas. Now that I live in the midwest, with a whole different house, I actually got excited about this conversion once I read this. I’m going to invest in this, partly because I am somewhat gadget obsessed but mainly because I really care about saving water.

    I retweeted this!
    .-= JLancaster´s last blog ..AA for Pelosi? She’s Got a Taste For the Good Booze =-.

  21. Linda Says:

    Hi JLancaster … Thank you! 😀 You rock!

  22. chevrolet air conditioning compressor Says:

    Very innovative! thanks for sharing the tips which will prove to be very helpful in future as well…really sounds like very inspirational i never was before that kind of post really you give some impotent and some what awesome here thanks for that post dear.

  23. Linda Says:

    Hi Chevy … You are welcome! come back again!

  24. ConnieFoggles Says:

    I am always amazed at the information you share on your blog. Here in Florida there is a terrible drought. I’m sure it’s in other areas too. This will not only save water but money for water bills too.
    .-= ConnieFoggles´s last blog ..Walmart Game Time And $50 Gift Card Giveaway =-.

  25. Linda Says:

    Hi Connie … Thank You! Yes, that is the intent and maybe when folks see the money saved can be used on something else. Neat tradeoff!

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