Are there composting toilets that use water?

If you’ve been looking around at the different composting toilet models and thought to yourself “I wonder if there’s a composting toilet that uses water” you wouldn’t be alone.

Even though most composting toilets are in fact ‘dry toilets’ in that they don’t use any water or have a flush function, there are a few models that offer a microflush option within them.

What’s the difference between a flush toilet and a microflush composting toilet?

The main difference between a microflush composting toilet and your typical ‘flush toilet’ is that a microflush toilet uses much less water. On average they will use 0.5 litres of water per flush compared to the average 3-3.5 litres used on a plumbed-in flush toilet.

This means you still get all the benefits of a composting toilet along with using much less water per flush than a ‘traditional’ toilet.

Why would people want a composting toilet that uses water?

That’s a great question and there’s a few different reasons why people want to have a micro-flush option within their composting toilet.

Positioning
This is probably the main reason people will opt for a microflush composting toilet as it gives you options when it comes to positioning the bottom section of the split system toilet model. If your house is designed so that the bottom section is not directly under the pedestal, the small amount of water used in the flushing process can help move waste into the system if it’s in a different location.

The design
Because of the design of the microflush toilet systems (the bowl has a smaller discharge hole) it’s more difficult for people to put things like used nappies or inappropriate materials in them which makes them a great option in public access areas.

Usage
Sun-mar water flush composting toilets can handle heavy usage. Because of the design the waste composts and reduces in size by up to 90% so depending on usage – you may only need to empty the system between every few months to every year.

Portability
If needed for a commercial application the Sun-mar Centrex range gives a level of portability that’s not possible with other types of toilets. For example if a public or site toilet is needed in an area that floods or is prone to water rising and the toilet block needs to be moved, a combination of modular toilet buildings and a microflush toilet can be developed into a portable system.

What’s the difference between a microflush toilet and a microphor toilet?

The microphor toilet system has been developed by the American company Wabtec and is a range of specifically designed biological treatment (chemical toilet) for use on boats, trains and buses, etc. These are very different systems in their design and use to a microflush composting toilet.

What’s a dry flush toilet?

Technically you can’t really get a ‘dry’ flush toilet as the word flush implies there’s an amount of water being used in the flush process. A dry toilet is a composting toilet that doesn’t use any water like our self contained composting toilets. Our microflush systems would be the closest you can get to a ‘dry flush toilet’ as it only uses about 500ml of water per flush (a little over 2 cups of water).

Hopefully this article has answered all your questions about composting toilets with water flush options. If there’s something we haven’t covered or there’s a question you would like to ask us, please feel free to call on 1300-138-182, contact us or visit our showroom located at 6 Hurricane Street Banyo QLD, 4014.

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