According to the Environmental Protection Agency, toilets are the home’s biggest water user, consuming about 30% of residential water usage. Americans flush more water down their toilets than they use showering, doing laundry, taking baths, washing dishes, or any other activity.
Drop-A-Brick is a simple device that saves water and money on your water bills by reducing the amount of water needed to achieve an effective flush.
Drop-A-Brick displaces approximately 0.4 gallons of water.
Since Drop-A-Brick reduces the amount of water you save, you will be charged less on your water bills. It’s estimated that Drop-A-Brick will save an average household (four people) about 3,000 gallons a year. Since water prices vary city to city, it’s tough to calculate, but our estimates show that annual savings would be between $15-$120 a year for an average household.
Drop-A-Brick is made of natural materials, so it won’t leech chemicals, toxins or grime back into the water system. The exterior is comprised of natural rubber, which is a sap-like substance harvested by tapping sustainable Hevea trees. Inside Drop-A-Brick is a small amount of hydrogel powder which quickly expands upon contact with water filling the brick with a rubbery gel. This amazing material was originally developed for water retention purposes in farming applications and is often used in baby diapers and even dietary supplements. It’s non-toxic, hypoallergenic and eco-friendly.
Project: Drop-A-Brick was created by a collective of individuals and small businesses in San Francisco whose goal was to raise awareness about the 2014 California drought crisis.
The hope for Project: Drop-A-Brick is to deploy an incredibly simple, low cost device which can be used by anybody to immediately begin saving millions of gallons of water during the drought crisis.
Drop-A-Brick is really easy to use. First, fill it up with water and wait for Drop-A-Brick to expand. Next, remove the lid from your toilet’s tank. Finally, place Drop-A-Brick vertically into your toilet’s water tank and replace the tank lid. That’s it!
Drop-A-Brick will function perfectly in toilets with flush volumes of 1.6 gallon tanks or more.
To determine your toilet’s flush volume, start by checking behind the seat hinge on the bowl where the manufacturer’s name and a label often appear. If you don’t see a1.6 gpf label, lift the tank lid and check the inside back of the toilet tank for the manufacturer’s date stamp — it is usually stamped directly into the porcelain.
Pre-1982 toilets use 5-7 gallons per flush
1982-1990 toilets use 3-5 gallons per flush
1990-1994 toilets use 1.6-3.5 gallons per flush
1994 to present use 1.6 gallons per flush
2002 to present might be a 1.28 gallon per flush toilet.
We’ve decided to launch the product via crowd funding. We are also pursuing sponsorships to help distribute Drop-A-Brick’s for free in drought devastated regions.
Project: Drop-A-Brick is not a business or an organization. All participants volunteered their time and resources. We are currently unaffiliated with any organizations. However, we’re very open to any partnerships that can help people save water. Feel free to contact us!
San Francisco and Chico, Ca.
Level 2 Industries is a California-based manufacturer. They also like to focus on projects that help the environment. In 2010, they helped build the Plastiki, a 60-foot sailboat made entirely of plastic bottles. The Plastiki sailed from San Francisco to Sydney with a mission to raise awareness about the tremendous amount of plastic waste in our oceans.
Because Drop-A-Brick is made of high quality, natural rubber, it will last for years and years without becoming brittle or breaking down, saving the community thousands of gallons of water in the process.
Project: Drop-A-Brick is a grass roots initiative and can use all the help we can get. If you’re an organization who can help distribute donated Drop-A-Brick’s to toilets in need, then we want to talk to you!
If you’re a generous individual, brand or company who would like to help sponsor the cause or help distribute Drop-A-Bricks, then we want to talk to you!
If you’re someone who wants to help us get the word out, then we want to talk to you!
Basically, we’re passionate about this project and will talk to just about anybody who wants to get involved.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org