Cool but Ugly: Argentinean Water Recycling Toilets

Wasted water in between the bathrooms' four walls (shower, hand washing, tooth brushing, flushing the toilet) is not a pleasant topic to talk about, but important indeed. We've already posted some interesting approaches, like the Athena controllable flush and the Dual Flushing Toilet. Now we bring a more rustic model from Argentina, which is not so appealing, but makes its point. These sanitaries, developed by the Experimental Center of the Economic Dwelling (from the province of Córdoba, Argentina), have a built in system that conducts the water used in the washbasin to flush the toilet, saving up to 20 liters of water a day -according to its manufacturers-. Plus, as they were thought as an alternative for economic houses, they are prepared to be installed without the need of pipes, which makes them easy to move. As we said, they lack a little visual, but it's a good idea to take up. A system based on the same principle (to recycle water from several sources to use it as gray water for the toilet) was implemented in the Sustainable Condo, but the difference in the Argentinean model is that it is more autonomous, as it's not integrated with other parts of the house. [by Paula Alvarado, from Buenos Aires]