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We just bought a wonderful house that will allow for me to garden, have chickens and horses! Of course, we are on a well and septic for the first time ever. I've noticed the that all the toilets in the house are the old kind... not the low-flush (1.6gal?) type. The house is 16 years old. Would there be any problem or reason why we couldn't switch out the toilets for the lower water usage type? I would think that having less water come out of the well and go into the septic would be a good thing, but maybe the toilets wouldn't work correctly on a septic system? What do you think?
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Our view is that any way we can protect our well, the well pump and the septic system is worth it. Did you have a septic and well/pump inspection? Those will tell you about the quality and functioning of your systems.

We use a high efficiency washer, and are replacing the toilets in the three bathrooms with low flow. We also have water saving heads on the showers and the faucets.
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We just bought a wonderful house that will allow for me to garden, have chickens and horses! Of course, we are on a well and septic for the first time ever. I've noticed the that all the toilets in the house are the old kind... not the low-flush (1.6gal?) type. The house is 16 years old. Would there be any problem or reason why we couldn't switch out the toilets for the lower water usage type? I would think that having less water come out of the well and go into the septic would be a good thing, but maybe the toilets wouldn't work correctly on a septic system? What do you think?
We have a property with a well and septic and we replaced the old toilets with the low flow type. I can't imagine any reason why it would be a problem. Lots of houses in my area are on well/septic and I have never heard of anyone having a problem.

I will say, I don't love the low flow toilets. We often need to flush more than once to get the solid stuff down.

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I will say, I don't love the low flow toilets. We often need to flush more than once to get the solid stuff down.
We wash our hands into a bucket placed under the bath tap/faucet and usually use this grey water to flush. In fact, since our cistern broke down (again) some time ago, we have used this method exclusivey. It's surprising how little water is needed to flush away pee. (1 US gallon = 3.8 liters. - 1 liter is more than enough!).

A second or third bucket to wash your hair into or to do any hand washing in would be good.
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