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Letter: Kudos on water-stingy toilets

We have enjoyed Aspen Music Festival vacations for more than 30 years. They also provide an opportunity to look around to see changes. Learning that the library had temporarily relocated due to its major remodeling, I followed directions and located the nearby building while also discovering the John Denver Sanctuary.

In addition to enjoying the attractive landscaping and peaceful setting, I found a very handsome, stone, modern restroom facility — always a welcome discovery for travelers. What intrigued me was a “Clivusmultrum” foam flush toilet that uses a stingy 6 ounces of water per flush — only 5 percent of a standard 1.6-gallon toilet. This was largely odorless and worked most efficiently. While not likely a destination to bring out-of-town guests, it might interest locals who happen near the park to check out this innovative toilet, or go to http://www.clivusmultrum.com.

While perhaps providing a few scatological chuckles for readers, please bear in mind that approximately 20 percent of potable water is used for toilet operation. With dire drought conditions in California and possibly in Colorado’s future, it is one of the few painless ways to save water. Surely these units are costly upfront, but over time the savings in water, with future water rates likely headed upward the way petroleum has been over the past 40 years, it is a very smart way to be proactive and prepare for a drier future.

Kudos for this farsighted conservation step by Aspen leaders.

Harland Ranney

Fort Collins