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Local man invents water saving device

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At 85 years young, Ed Sheneman is quite the inventor. With some help from his grandson Matt, they've got a nice little thing going. Sheneman said "I cut up an old drink box, and with some metal clips and rubber bands, I put it on my own float and it worked." He's talking about the simpliest way to convert an older style toilet to a new energy and water saving device, without remodeling your whole bathroom. Toilets installed in before 1992 and feature a float ball consume anywhere from 3 to 5 gallons of water, each time they're flushed. Compare that to the newer toilets that use about 1.8 gallons. Sheneman's grandson Matt Ham said, "Folks with older toilets have two options, fix that or continue flushing with three gallons every single time." So how about a three buck solution, that will save water and money. It's called the Float Booster, and its sits right below that ball in your toilet. It simply reduces the water level by about an inch. "So for the family of four, it can save about 4500 gallons of water a year, not only is that saving water which is an environmentally nice thing to do with the little rain we have had, but it's saving them money on their water bill," said Ham. It's easy to install, and saves money as long as you keep it in. Ed and Matt already have two pretty big clients, the city of Fayetteville, and Wilmington. Sheneman said "It's an ongoing thing, the bigger the population gets, the more demand there is on the water, and the good Lord isn't going to make anymore water." But the best part about this hot new invention, it's all in the family. "It's just me and him, so it's a real simply family operation," said Ham. So the next time you flush, think about saving some H20, so your money won't go down the drain.

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No matter what anyone does

No matter what anyone does to conserve...conserve too much...the city will raise your water rates due to loss revenue into the H2O department and this you can count on.

NOT A GOOD IDEA

I'M A PLUMBER AND TAKING AWAY WATER FROM A 3.5 GALLON TOILET IS NOT A GOOD IDEA.YOUR OLD TOILETS ARE MADE TO TAKE 3.5 GALLONS AND NO LESS. JUST THE OTHER DAY I HAD TO ADD WATER TO THE TANK OF AN OLD TOLIET TO MAKE IT FLUSH RIGHT.IF YOU WANT TO SAVE MONEY ON WATER BUY A 1.6 GALLON TOILET.

Even Easier Yet

Don't bend anything....just fill up a plastic jug of water and put it in the tank.

save water

An easier cheap way to do this is to fill a large jar with water and put it in the corner of the tank making sure it does not obstruct the ball etc. Stops that much water from going in and out. Also don't flush on #1's.

saving toilet water

The easiest and quickest way is to put 2 brick's in the tank.

Bricks...NOT a good idea!

Bricks...NOT a good idea! If you did some research you'd find that putting bricks in the toilet is not only bad for the sewer system but also for the homeowners plumbing. Over time, the bricks will break down causing sediment to build up in the plumbing. There are other inexpensive devices that can be used instead of bricks.

You can also bend the float

You can also bend the float rod down and get the same results.

Even easier....

The bricks work great...if you have them. The easiest, simplest, and cheapest (FREE) way is just bend the lift arm attached between the the ballcock and the float down an inch or so.

Even Easier Yet

Instead of bending anything (in case of an acciedent) I just put a plastic jug filled with H20 in it. Just get one big enough for your commode, fill it, cap it, and stick it in there...VOILA...instant water savings!