Many thanks for your Green Issue [April 2008]. Certainly, we can all do better, and you offered lots of great ideas. One major correction, however. The largest water user inside our homes is not the laundry—though front-loading washing machines are a great idea and big savers of money, energy and water. The biggest water hog is the toilet, which somehow got left out of your list. Many of us still have horrible old 6-gallons-per-flush toilets. Get rid of them. The national standard is 1.6 gallons per flush, and we just bought a new 1.1-gallons-per-flush model that works better than any toilet I’ve ever had. And East Bay Municipal Utility District offers $150 rebates on selected models. Look for a model that performs better than 700 on the “MaP” test and you’ll be very, very happy, use less water and save money. The current ratings of all toilets can be found at www.awwa.org/waterwiser/watch/MaP_7thEd_Condensed.pdf.
Peter Gleick, President
Pacific Institute, Oakland
School for the Arts Kudo
I just wanted to drop Oakland Magazine a line about the great article, “Moving Day,” on us, the Oakland School for the Arts, in the September/October 2008 issue. Author Keri Hayes Troutman got it just right, and we’re understandably very proud. Thanks again for highlighting the school.
Donn K. Harris, Executive Director
Oakland School for the Arts
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