By Mallory Bulman
Abiding by today’s environmental and efficiency standards requires careful examination of resource use in every part of a multifamily property, especially the bathroom. While some may think that leaving the water running while brushing their teeth or washing their face are the main culprits of water waste, according to the United States Geological Survey, the largest use of household water is when the toilet is flushed.
Even if residents are conscious of their water use by not leaving the water running or taking shorter showers, some older toilet models can negate those efforts by using up to three or even four gallons of water per flush. To combat this all-too-common source of water waste, plumbing company Gerber introduced its newest model, the Viper 1.0, which flushes at an efficient one gallon per flush. The WaterSense certified toilet saves 20 percent in water consumption even compared to recent models that use 1.28 gallons per flush.
Even at a lower flow rate, the Viper has a two-inch trapway to avoid clogs, a three-inch flush valve for faster water flow and more forceful flushing, and a low-maintenance, long-lasting fill valve. It also features a 17-inch ErgoHeight ADA-compliant bowl.
“The Viper 1.0 has an elevated water line for increased head pressure that delivers a faster, more forceful water stream into the bowl for greater flushing power,” said Lovin Saini, Gerber’s senior product manager. “The efficiency and quality of this product, make it ideal for multifamily, commercial and hospitality applications where the product faces high flushing demand from multiple users on a daily basis. This toilet can also save properties thousands of gallons of water each year, positively impacting their water and heating bills.”