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Published on August 17th, 2009 | by Jeff Kart

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Extreme toilet tech can flush away water worries

August 17th, 2009 by  


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You know the drill. You flush the toilet, walk away, come back later and it’s still running.

You jiggle the handle. Hopefully that makes it stop. Maybe you take off the top of the tank and swear a little.

Or, you could install H2Orb, a toilet gadget from a California company that takes clean tech to a whole new level.

A running toilet can use more than 6,000 gallons of water in just one day. A running toilet that overflows can cause costly water damage.

The H2Orb retails for $127, but AquaOne Technologies says it does the job.

It’s backed by seven patents. You can hook it up in about 10 minutes.

You put it between your water supply and toilet hose, then install a toilet bowl sensor and a tank sensor unit, and as this video demonstrates. (Take note of the outer space intro and the laser sounds.)

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It even has a Texas Instruments micro controller.

If your toilet begins to run excessively, the H2Orb’s integrated smart valve intercepts the flow of water to the toilet tank.

If the water level in the bowl gets too high, the H2Orb shuts off the water supply so not even a second flush is possible.  There’s even an alarm to alert you to your toilet troubles.

Granted, this is a pretty extreme way of stopping your toilet from running. Maybe if you’re a landlord or own a weekend cabin, it will give you piece of mind (especially if you’re one of those people who keeps thinking they left the stove or iron on).

AquaTechnologies says the H2Orb can pay for itself in water savings in the first year just by stopping a leaky toilet.

The perfect gift for the person who has everything?

(Image credits: AquaOne Technologies

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is typing about issues in the Great Lakes, from advanced biofuels to zero-emission vehicles. Jeff is an environmental journalist and social media evangelist based in Michigan, where the summers are short, the winters are cold, and the stories are plentiful.



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