it came time to replace our downstairs toilet we checked out the
"WaterWise" web site for a Product Recommendation. From there we
chose the Twyford "Flushwise". This is a dual-flush model using
either 4 or 2.6 litres. The price is around the £210 area. We
got ours from a local Plumbing Wholesaler and this Twyford range
available via the Plumb Centre, City Plumbing, Jewson and PTS in
There is a wide range of water-saving toilets
to choose from. You may wish to try options from Caroma who
offer the "Profile5" which uses 3 or 4.5l of water per flush. It
is, however, far more expensive. You can also try the "Riviera"
by Lecico with a 4 or 2.6 litre flush.
The Twyford Flushwise range of toilets
received the "Waterwise Marque" in 2008 & 2009. Ours was fitted
by a local plumber with no difficulty. In fact it is easier that
the 'regular' toilet as it has no external overflow.
We recommend the Twyford range as it works
well at a good price.
At the same time we replaced the downstairs
toilet the small sink was replaced too. The suite in this room
was a very bright grass-green which may have been very
fashionable when it was fitted back in the 1980's but was
looking sorely dated by 2009. That and the work of 25 years of
lime scale had reduced the effectiveness of the flushing
mechanism as well as covering everything in white staining that
would not shift.
sink itself has no special water saving features (albeit - it is
tiny!). However the tap does have a flow restrictor. We made the
mistake of not really shopping around before going to the
plumber's merchants so we ended up asking the counter-staff for
their assistance. Since they couldn't offer anything with clever
tap mechanisms all they could show us were taps that would allow
the fitting of standard flow restrictors. They then asked us
which level of restriction we wanted. We just went for the
average one based upon their recommendation. However this proved
to give too high a flow rate. As the flow-restrictor is a £1
plastic gizmo that sits just inside the tap water exit point
then they can be changed. Next time we will get the one offering
the MOST amount of restriction, ie, lowest flow rate. Afterall
this is only a downstairs toilet and no one will wash their hair
Pictured left is the new toilet for the upstairs shower room.
The old toilet stopped working so we took the opportunity to
replace it with a new one. If this one looks familiar it is for
good reason. This is the same make and model as the one shown
above. It is a Twyford "Flushwise" from the "Galerie" range. It
was shipped to us with a broken cistern lid. After two weeks we
finally managed to get the shop to get us a replacement.
When our kitchen was replaced the flow rate to the kitchen sink
tap was much reduced for reasons unclear. We found this to be a
problem as this sink is used for washing up where it is common
to fill a bowl of hot water. With any sort of flow restriction
you have to wait a long time for the bowl to fill. From our
experience this is the one tap in the house you need no
Summer of 2010 we finally got Thames Water to fit our water
meter. We lived her for over a year before we realised that we
didn't have one. We just naturally assumed we did. Monthly bill
went from £80 to £14 overnight. Wish we had noticed sooner!