Up or Down?

1 Sep

I’m gonna start this post with an odd question: do you pull up or push down a toilet flush handle?


Under the insufficient lighting of the female toilet at the John Medley building in Melbourne University, there weren’t another soul except for myself, hence I found the time to take a closer look at the signage in the cubicle. It’s been 6 weeks at Uni and this is the first time I noticed that signage.

And indeed, under that dim lighting and the tiny fonts used, one has to bring her face closer to the sign in order to see it. I can’t imagine what the poor dears who forgot their eyeglasses have to go through to read it. I for one wouldn’t think of plastering my face any closer to anything in a toilet cubicle – it’s just way off and I’m not off my rockers. Yet.

Do you pull up to flush or down? I tend to pull down, and assume most people do likewise.

The tiny script there indicates ‘pull handle up for 30% water savings’ and ‘pull handle down for normal flush’. Typically, a half flush is 3 – 4.5L and a full flush is 6 – 9L worth of water. I could have saved more water for the Uni, but the texts were too tiny for any quick toilet goers to read, flush and buzz off. The eco girl has more to learn about Australia every other day!

Since we’re on the topic of toilets today, I randomly chanced upon a hot topic for folks in the northern hemisphere to figure out if the Australian toilet flushes the other way round. Don’t people have dinners to cook and friends to catch up with instead of wondering about these things? But anyways! If you have some minutes to spare, it might interest you to read a bit on it.


4 Responses to “Up or Down?”

  1. jumpingatshadows September 4, 2010 at 8:54 am #

    Oh well, at least you’ve noticed the water-saving feature now. And we finally seem to be having a break in the 14 year drought, so water restrictions have been eased- although I think most people were pretty used to them- although some people never took much notice anyway. At the pool there are signs everywhere asking people to limit their showers to 2 minutes (which is a bit hard if you have to wash x2 & condition your hair) but some people blithely shower for 10 minutes regardless of the queue forming! The toilet site was funny, BTW.

    • makiecostories September 4, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

      It’s hard to believe there is a drought when it seems to drizzle every now and then in Melbourne! But yes! 2 mins shower is madness. In Singapore, people tend to shower 2 times a day. I wonder what is the norm here.

  2. Stephanie Corsetti September 5, 2010 at 5:26 am #

    I have seen this sign before but never read the fine print. Now I know how to save some water, ironically, the weekend the state has been flooded.

    • makiecostories September 6, 2010 at 1:50 am #

      An irony indeed! And it’s raining again as we speak.

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