It’s not likely something to which you’ve given a whole lot of thought, but toilets that offer the convenience of an automatic flush also use electricity, and electricity, as we know, usually comes with a carbon footprint. Enter the HydroVantage Flush Valve by Zurn, the automatic flushing device that harvests energy from (what else?) hydropower.
The HydroVantage Flush Valve comes equipped with a hydro generator system that harvests energy from the water as it passes through the valve; the turbine spins, as in a classic water wheel, creating electrical energy, which is then stored in a rechargeable cell. This stored energy then powers the electrical needs of the flush valve for subsequent flushes, eliminating the need for external electrical power or battery replacement for 10+ years under normal operating conditions.
According to a release, the valve also features smart technology that continuously monitors ambient light levels and traffic patterns within the restroom to maximized power savings and minimize false flushing (that pet-peeve of greenies everywhere). The HydroAdvantage also continually tracks activation statistics to optimize power savings based on the location where it happens to be installed.
Zurn, an Erie, Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of plumbing products, offers a five-year warranty on the device guaranteeing manufacturing standards and dependability. The HydroAdvantage was designed for retrofit, new construction and LEED applications.