Save Some Water...With Water!?




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The Toilet Buggy is a device that will save you a LOT of water from your toilet. Even better, there is a device at the top that, when you need to change the water, will enable you to take it out without dipping your hands in to touch the water. It is basically a bottle that displaces water and so, the tank doesn't fill as much.

Okay, I have to admit this is one of the coolest projects I have built. 
A. It's green
B. It saves Money 
C. It I get to have a tasty (depends on what you define as "tasty") drink before I get started
D. I Made It

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Step 1: Retrieve the Necessary Components.

You Will Need:
A bottle of water
A paper clip (Or wire.)
A Pencil/Pen (I'll get into details later.)
A toilet

An essential tool to this project:

Step 2: GULP!


(say in a hoarse voice like you haven't had water in days...)

Either way, while you are enjoying your tasty little treat,I will treat you to a few toiletian facts.
  1. Toilets use the most water in the house...even more that your washing machine (!)
  2. 27% of your house water that goes down the drain is...drumroll please...from YOUR TOILET! (!)
  3. An average American uses approximately 400 gallons of water a day. That is equal to approximately 146000 gallons a year! (Not just toilet flushing.)
  4.  If your toilet is old, then it may use as much as 3.5 liters (0.924602183 gallons) per flush!
  5. That totals up to 27,010 liters (7,135.28713 gallons) per YEAR!
I hope I have now entertained you long enough that you have now reached the point where you have finished your drink and am ready to continue. Please proceed.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING!? Please. Make a trip to the bathroom before we continue because after a bottle of water, you must go to the bathroom.

HALT! Where do you think you're going now? Build the Toilet Buggy and then go to the bathroom, install it, go and then flush.

Isn't that more logical?

Step 3: Snip, Rip, Repeat...

Begin by puncturing the plastic label with scissors. (You don't want any label to clog your toilet.)

Step 4: Pop the Top.

With your pen and/or pencil, puncture two holes. One, in the center and one at the edge.  

Step 5: Add a Wire.

Now, the center hole is used to insert the lifting wire. However, before we can add it, we must make it. Start with a paper clip. (Or wire.)

Then, with the same wire and pliers, curl the end up. (See the third photo.)

Step 6: Poke!

Take the uncurled edge and poke it from under the cap. Then, bend it to the side and so it stands. Then bend the top so that the longer end is vertical. Then curl the part over the cap into a "hook" shape.

Screw it on top and go to the bathroom.

Step 7: Add Water.

Fill the bottle with water (via sink!) and then lift the cover of your toilet.

Step 8: Ready, Set, FLUSH!

Find a good spot to place the bottle in the toilet.  Flush the toilet and then drop in the bottle. Make sure it fully fills. properly.

Step 9: Done.

Now, you save as much water as the bottle holds. It totals up because if your bottle is 1 liter, then after 4 flushes, you would have saved enough for a fourth.

As always...if you experience any problems leave a comment and I will try my best to help you.

If you did make it successfully well then...leave a comment saying you made it successfully!

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    Interesting, but the advantage is not so big as it seems. If you reduce a lot the water flow (this is not the case), maybe it could be insufficient to carry the waste along the pipeline ALWAYS. A day you could find an ugly clog! It will cost a lot of work and/or dollars!

    5 replies

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    You are totally right,as a plumber I have a hard time explaiing to people as to why the so called water saver fixtures dont save water.As in this case,youre not saving water if you have to flush twice to make sure everything goes down,and if one is lucky enough to still have the 3.5 gallon flush toilet,one should rebuild and keep it as long as one can.Also the low flow shower heads save nothing either,they really waste time,it takes whatever the amount of water it takes to rinse ones body period,if it takes 5 gallons,then thats what it takes,a low flow shower head just takes longer to produce the amount to rinse.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    The reduction in water is not necessarily as great as one may think; although it is still a reduction. I have not actually had issues with this removing all the waste in the is decreasing the use of water but not by a dramatic amount.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Not if I only save a little such as 0.75 liters per flush if it is 3.5 liters. Plus, have you ever though of all the excess water that is not needed to flush excreted waste?


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    You are right, I only did the comment because some people could think "saving 2 liters each flush, I am more ecologist".

    I think a day will come when the potable water will not be for that things. People will have two water pipelines, one for potable and other for "grey".

    Pardon my poor English, maybe some words or phrase are unintelligible.

    No, your English is quite good and I can understand your two posts perfectly.

    Yes there has been a bit of a problem with the 'dual flush' type toilets. As you said, due to the reduced water flow from using the half flush, clogging problems can and have occurred.

    This is basically doing the same things as a half flush.

    If you have a dual you could have a flushing policy. After 2-3 #1's mellowing, give it a half flush. After a #2 give it a full. You'll save more water in the long run and keep your home plumbing clear.

    blinkyblinky's version is actually much more updated than the earlier stated instructable. It goes into much more detail and has clear pictures. So, blinkyblinky is correct.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    this is actually a good idea. ive seen toilets that also raise the drain hole so they dont need to fill as much each time. although i myself use a power flush toilet because i am a big guy and have been known to take some notorious porcelain shattering dumps :P still a good idea though! :D

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    sorry if this comment is socially unacceptable xD but i really dont have much of a sense of awkwardness :P so i will just say that i have clogged said powerflush toilet with JUST the waste before. no paper yet xD so i think i need every extra bit of flushing power i can get :P