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Old 20 November 2007, 20:41   #1
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Default Toilet cistern size UK regulations?

Can someone please tell me what are the regs for the size of cistern you can have. I have heard that you cannot have more than 6 litres. Then someone told me that you can as long as it is a replacement. Which is odd because you could always say it is a replcement. I know we all have to be socially responsible........... and all that , but I reckon it saves water using one 9 lit flush than 2 6 litre flushes (only for big jobs of course!). Some guidence will be welcome. Jes
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Evening Jes, how's things. From memory all new installations have to have a 6 lt flush, if you repair or just replace the cistern only it can be the same as the original fitment.

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Replaced bathroom suite at the beginning of this year and the new cistern has a variable flush setting, although it was preset at 6 ltrs. It is now set at 9 ltrs.
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Old 20 November 2007, 23:59   #4
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Hi Mog and Scotldr - do I understand this right - I could go into a shop and buy a 9 litre cistern and should anyone ask just say it is for replacing a similar one? Secondly (Scot..) all cisterns have capacity of 9 litres but are just adjusted to 6 litres but can easily be re adjusted to 9 lit. Not very rigid regs then are they 4? or do they rely on people being responsible? Jes
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Depends how old ur house is as too what ltrs ur supposed to use,
Why use 9 ltrs to flush a toilet that only requires 4.6 ltrs to flush? its just a waste of water imho and if ur on a water meter ur paying for something and for its removal for nowt,
If ur house was built in the last 10 years it should only flush 6 ltrs of water.
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Buy the Dudley Turbo syphon and can be adjusted from 6lt to 9ltr and have the internal O/F including blanking plate for original nasty O/F, but on normal bog standard cisterns come with a 6ltr flush.
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Old 29 November 2007, 00:21   #7
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This is very confusing! I'll tell you why. A plumber I know told me if you are putting in a new pan and cistern, it can only be 6 litres. it is illegal to fit a 9 litre cistern - infact you cannot buy it. Then he said if you are replacing a broken 9 litre cistern to match the existing pan you can get a 9 litre cistern! From the previous posts I conclude that the capacity of the cisterns is more than 6 litres (could be 9) but it is the adjustment on the syphon that restricts the water level to 6 litres. Am I right to assume that I can buy a new pan and cistern whose actual capacity is say 9 litres (although it may be fitted with a syphon that only allows 6 litres) and then fit it with this Dudley syphon which WRXCraig suggests to make it into a 9 litre job? I fully understand the need to be responsible and save water - I just like to know! Jes
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9 Ltrs isnt illegal, well i been plumbing for 9yrs and never heard of that but the recommendation is 6ltrs due to water wastage, but you can get a cistern that comes with the Dudley Turbo syphon.
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Have a look at this lin of the Environment agency under New WC - it states the new regs since 2001. Jes

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk...wcs_890010.pdf
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