by James Brooke – N.Y. Times – October 2002

NARA, JAPAN — The toilet wars started in February, when Matsushita engineers introduced a toilet seat with electrodes that send a mild electric charge through the buttocks — and take a digital measurement of body-fat ratio.

Engineers from a rival company, Inax, countered in April with …

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Toilets-on-wheels take to Phnom Penh streets CNN – June 13, 2001

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Authorities in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh have rolled out the city’s first public toilets.

The toilets-on-wheels are being introduced in a bid to discourage residents from relieving themselves on sidewalks and municipal parks.

The first models began roaming the …

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courtesty of P & M Magazine – 2001

In another attempt to “get the federal government out of our bathroom,” Rep. Joe Knollenberg, R-Mich., reintroduced his bill proposing amending water conservation laws. The bill, HR 1479 was introduced by Knollenberg and 34 co-sponsors to the House of Representatives on April 4. The bill seeks to …

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James A. Parcell – The Washington Post Thursday, September 28, 2000; Page H01

Some artists create on canvas. Xenia Zampolli prefers the wet porcelain of just-molded toilets and sinks. These she embosses, embellishes, carves, signs and numbers; when they dry, she paints, glazes and fires them in a kiln for eight hours.

Leopard spots. Zebra …

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The Chain Is Pulled on Britain’s Crapper
July 26, 2000

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has flushed Britain’s claims to have invented the water closet down the pan with the discovery of a 2,000-year-old toilet complete with running water, a stone seat and a comfortable armrest.

Archaeologists found the antique latrine in the tomb of a …

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by Rob Heselbarth – Supply House Times Magazine, May 2000

Above average satisfaction levels were reported by customers using 13 different models of low-flow toilets in a study conducted by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

The Ultra-Low-Flush Toilets: Customer Satisfaction Survey, published in December 1999, differed from previous studies in that its sole …

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The reputation of 1.6-gallon toilets rises as complaints go down the drain. The results of PM’s Water Conservation Survey.

Chris King – P & M Magazine May 2000

Today’s 1.6-gallon toilets might not be perfect, but they sure have come a long way in the last few years, according to our recent survey. The last …

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by Mike McClintock – October 14, 1999

Homeowners have talked about the problem of low-flush toilets since 1992, when the U.S. Department of Energy mandated them as a water conservation measure. The units are about the same size as older designs but use about half the water–1.6 gallons instead of 3.5 gallons per flush–and consequently …

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