Green’ toilets should not be a flash in the pan

PUBLISHED: 16:08 15 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:32 25 August 2010

Designer: Gary Moore with his new style loo.

Designer: Gary Moore with his new style loo.

AN INVENTOR said his air-flushing toilets could change the world if people gave them a chance.

AN INVENTOR said his air-flushing toilets could 'change the world' if people gave them a chance.

Loos built by Garry Moore, 44, from Ilford, are currently being piloted by Greenwich council employees at a Thamesmead depot.

The pioneering propelair loos have a sealable lid that allows pressurised air to trigger a flush instead of a cistern of water.

They need a sixth of the water used by normal systems and could be fitted into any home for £330, but the design engineer said he still needs to find an investor.

He said: "If everyone had one of these toilets it could really change the world - it would certainly lower the UK's national water use by 10 per cent.

"They're not smelly or noisy, they can deal with large amounts of waste, the only difference is that you have to put the lid down before you flush.

"We're just waiting to see what the Greenwich council workers throw at them at the moment. So far they're dealing with it really well."

The toilets, built by East London-based Phoenix Product Development, use around 1.5 litres of water per flush, rather than the average nine litres needed by regular loos.

Defra estimates that the average family pulls the toilet chain 27 times a day, or 10,000 times a year, meaning a family using Thames Water could save £135 a year.

Mr Moore said: "I thought of this before the days of the Dragon's Den, back during the hosepipe bans of the 1990s when they told us to put a brick in the toilet cistern to save water.

"I tried it but found my toilet wouldn't flush properly. I realised the whole system was inefficient."

The former design engineer claims he cannot yet manufacture his design because companies are hostile to his idea, seeing it as a threat.

With no major funding in the immediate pipeline, the father-of-one said he is looking for investors after his last £3 million deal was sunk by the credit crunch.

He added: "The two toilets in Thamesmead have already saved five tonnes of water in a month. I think people are going to have to catch on to the idea."

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