courtesy of Supply House Times magazine, August 1999
by Pat Lenius

Residential customers in Hollywood and southwest Los Angeles were offered the opportunity to have free ultra-low-flush toilets delivered at no cost to their homes in August.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is spearheading this water conservation effort with help from community …

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The country has an enduring fascination with the toilet–replete with cutting-edge technology, Web sites, symposiums and museums. The enthusiasm is largely lost on foreigners.

By Mark Magnier, L.A. Times – 1999

KOKURA, Japan–It’s got wings, it’s sensitive, it’s smart. It cares, it knows when you’re around, it bleats when you arrive. Ignore it and you …

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Park Service outhouse

courtesy of The Seattle Times, 10/8/97
by FRANK GREVE / Knight-Ridder Newspapers

DELAWARE WATER GAP, Pa. – There’s a remarkable new building in a federal park in Pennsylvania: a two-hole outhouse, without running water, that cost the National Park Service at least $333,000.

It’s nestled amid evergreens, with a gabled slate roof, cottage-style porches, and …

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Reproduced with permission from Fine Homebuilding magazine – Oct./Nov. 1997
Steve Culpepper

A head-to-head comparison for our readers with nothing to go on.

At first the toilets in our house were merely sluggish. Then they got slower and slower until they didn’t flush at all. But the toilets weren’t clogged. Something was in the sewer …

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courtesy of The Washington Post, May 15, 1997
By Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan, Washington Post Foreign Service

An American diplomat was at a dinner party in a Japanese home when he excused himself to go to the bathroom. He did his business, stood up and realized he didn’t have a clue about how to …

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courtesy of The Seattle Times, 7/10/96

Sam Bren sits on one of many toilets stored in Honolulu. Bren is working with an environmental group to get the Honolulu City council to allow parts of the commodes to become artificial reefs. A new law requiring efficient toilets will make about 100,000 obsolete. © Associated Press…

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Big Flushers Circumvent New Environmental Laws

courtesty of Time Magazine, July 1, 1996
By Christine Gorman.
Reported by Julie Grace/Chicago and Christine Sadlowski/New York

The homeowner, (we’ll call him Bob) was a good, law-abiding citizen. But he had a big mess on his hands or rather, all over his floor. According to federal regulations that …

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