Plumbing Coalition Takes On Drain Line Transport
Since the advent of 1.6-gallon per flush toilets in 1992, many plumbing professionals has voiced concern on whether the restricted flushes provide enough water for drain line transport of waste.
Recently, high efficiency toilets, which use even less water per flush and other toilets that use just 1 gpf, have raised these concerns again, particularly for larger commercial systems and their long horizontal runs to the sewer. Drain line transport problems have already been reported in Europe and Australia.
In addition to low-flow toilets, waterless urinals, greywater systems and other appliances that use less water means that much less water is being discharged into drainage systems.
To date, an extensive research project of sufficient scope to be able to determine if significant problems could arise regarding drain line transport has yet to be conducted.
IAPMO’s Pete DeMarco will serve as project coordinator for this inaugural research study and will also chair the Technical Committee assigned to the project. Each of the five member associations of PERC has named a representative to this committee. The first order of business is to define the parameters of the project.