Household Water Conservation (Low-Volume Toilet)


Percent of households that had a low-volume toilet.

Methods and Limitations:

low-flow shower head is any shower head that reduces the water flow and therefore reduces water and water heating costs.

reduced volume toilet is a water-saving, low volume toilet or modified toilet tank including toilets specifically designed to use less water per flush as well as toilets that have been modified by, for example, adding a brick or weighted plastic bottle in the toilet tank to reduce the volume of water in the tank.

Data for the survey was self–reported and water-use standards for low-flow showers and reduced volume toilets were not specified. A new toilet sold commercially in 2006 was considered a ‘water-saving’ model if it used less than 6 litres per flush, whereas in 1994, a conservation model used less than 13 litres per flush. In addition, households may also have self-modified their fixtures in a number of ways.


Statistics Canada. Table 38-10-0102-01  Indoor water conservation practices


Household Water Conservation (Low-Volume Toilet) in the Sustainable Development Goals

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6. Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
6. Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

6. Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in. There is sufficient fresh water on the planet to achieve this. But due to bad economics or poor infrastructure, every year millions of people, most of them children, die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene.

Water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation negatively impact food security, livelihood choices and educational opportunities for poor families across the world. Drought afflicts some of the world’s poorest countries, worsening hunger and malnutrition.

By 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of fresh water.

Related Household Water Conservation (Low-Volume Toilet) Targets


By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity