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Saving Water with the Toilet Sink Combo

Updated on November 8, 2014

Go Green with Water Efficiency!

Anyone trying to go green, should have onserving water pretty high on their agenda. An easy way to do this is to combine your sink with your toilet (and by that I do NOT mean peeing in the sink!). This more efficient system uses the same water to wash your hands and flush the toilet. You can save water each time you flush!

This improved system has been used in Japan for some time, and is now available for you!

An added benefit to this system is that you can now put a sink into very small bathrooms that could not fit one before and still be able to wash your hands.

The Sinkpositive Sink/Toilet Combo - Go Green with Toilet Efficiency

SinkPositive is a toilet accessory that retrofits nearly any existing toilet into a toilet-sink combo unit. No need to call a plumber - YOU can install this unit in just a couple minutes and you don't even need any tools to do it.

The fact of the matter is that your toilet, as it now sits, uses perfectly clean water to flush with. This water is as sanitary as the water coming out of the sink. The benefits of this combination unit are plenty and prove, as units like these are being widely used in Japan.

The system is simple, when the toilet is flushed the water pumps up through the pipe to the sink, automatically turning the sink on and drains down to the bowl. The sink will turn off automatically.

How It Works - Watch a Video of the Toilet Sink in Action

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The Benefits of the Toilet Sink

8 Reasons This Thing is Just Great

  • The same water is used for flushing and washing allowing you to save water - helping the environment.
  • In parts of the world where water is scarce, using the same water for flushing and washing encourages hand washing which is overlooked so the water can be used for something else.
  • A tiny bathroom that only has a toilet can now have a toilet and a sink!
  • You just might save a few pennies on your water bill.
  • The sink turns itself reminding the user to wash their hands (especially good for children).
  • Because it turns off when the toilet no longer needs it on, a water leak in the system is easily detected (when the sink runs and runs)
  • Because the sink turns itself on and off, there is no need to touch the knobs which are often covered in germs, and also difficult for people with arthritis or other physical conditions.
  • Homes with well water can save water as well as the electricity needed to pump it.

The SinkPositive Toilet Sink

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SinkPositive

With each flush of your commode, clean water that would otherwise go straight down the toilet is first routed up through a chrome gooseneck spigot to dispense pure water for hand washing. The Toilet Lid Sink installs easily without tools, is attractive for any bathroom and is a great space saver. Shuts off automatically. Porcelain-like white plastic replaces your existing tank top and adjusts to fit standard toilets up to 8in wide and 18-22in long. Built-in soap dish. Overhang varies up to 1.5 in.

 

Washing Hands

Washing Hands has been shown to be the number one way to improve personal health and reduce disease transmission.(United States Centers of

Disease Control and Prevention)

Tips on How to Conserve Water - What YOU can do to conserve

Learn other ways you can save water in your home and activities.

Would you use a Sink/Toilet Combo?

If someone gave you one, would you use a Sink/Toilet Combo?

Yes, absolutly.

Yes, absolutly.

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    • anonymous 2 years ago

      Yes. Smart idea

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Used it in Japan and loved it.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Oh hell yes!!

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Yes, let's start thinking in terms of saving our planet instead of moving to a new one!

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I want one!

    Nah.

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      • Culver 5 months ago

        There are two American-made toilet sinks out there (“Sink Twice” for $99 and “Sink Positive” for $129). Sink Twice in its basic model fits toilets with tanks from 13 inches to 17 inches. With an expansion pack, Sink Twice fits toilet tanks up to 22 inches wide. Sink Positive is probably a better option for toilet tanks larger than 22 inches wide. Sink Twice is the most efficient on the market because it incorporates “fill cycle diversion” technology to make your toilet even more efficient. On top of that, you can wash your hands with the clean water and flush with soapy water. It is pretty cool and if it saves about 1 gallon per flush (more or less), with 5 trips to the bathroom per day and 4 people in your family using it, you are saving 20 gallons per day or over 6,000 gallons per year. Not too shabby! Sink Twice often pays for itself in months and it is available on Amazon.com.

      • Cal 8 months ago

        Ok, you don't use it to brush your teeth. It's a uni-tasker, you only wash your hands with it. The only way to turn it on is to flush the toilet so it's no good for shaving and brushing your teeth. So I installed it additionally to a small, heated sink for such tasks. Its primary purpose is to save a tone of water on hand washing

      • anonymous 2 years ago

        Yes

      • kab 3 years ago from Upstate, NY

        @anonymous: There is one option featured here that is a ceramic version. For obvious reasons, it's pricier, and not really an option for renters.

        As for heated water, there is usually no plumbing for that at the toilet, and adding a water heater to the sink seems impractical and inefficient. Hot water may be more comfortable, but it doesn't clean your hands any better. That's a myth.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        What about heating the water for hand washing? How about ceramis rather than plastic?

      For The Do-It-Yourselfer - DIY: How to Make a Your Own Combo Unit

      If you are more likely build one than to buy one, there are instructions available online as to how to make your own toilet sink top device.

      Base for Caroma Delux

      Caroma 609151W Royale 305 Round Front Toilet Bowl, White
      Caroma 609151W Royale 305 Round Front Toilet Bowl, White

      Vitreous China toilet base that fits with toilet sink above.

       

      What are your thoughts on the toilet/sink combo?

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          maddalena11 2 years ago

          I am very interested to buy this toilet sink combo. Where can I buy it .

          Lina

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          dwelburn 3 years ago

          This is a brilliant idea. I never would have thought of it. I guess you could also adjust your plumbing so that your normal sink flows into your toilet cistern.

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          sierradawn lm 3 years ago

          Sounds like a most excellent idea!

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          We're adding a second toilet in closet and wanted to include a small sink on top. Thanks for the info!

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          geosum 4 years ago

          Great concept. I was looking into saving up water from the sink and tub for watering my garden years ago.

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          PurplePansy LM 4 years ago

          What an interesting concept! I've never heard of this idea before. If I can understand how this works, I might just want one.

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          bluelily lm 4 years ago

          Wow! what an innovative idea, wastage water doesn't go waste.

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          TapIn2U 4 years ago

          Would love to try it! Great lens! Sundae ;-)

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          john9229 4 years ago

          I didn't know about this. I should give it a try.

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          katiecolette 4 years ago

          Never heard of this before. What a cool idea!

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          uneasywriter lm 4 years ago

          Different way to conserve water. Never seen this before.. Makes some sense.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I bought this a year ago and it has been great. Hopefully I can clear up some misconceptions. First the water is clean from the tap and then goes into the bowl, bypassing the tank. At least if it is installed correctly. No, you don't want to use it for brushing your teeth or non-toileting washing up. You would be wasting water. If you feel you want to further conserve water you can use it to brush your teeth, you just need to be quick enough to grab the toothbrush after washing your hands and probably a cup to catch water for rinsing. That is for the diehards though. Soap scum can be a problem in the bowl, but that can be quickly brushed away with cleaner and a brush. I have a bigger problem with mineral deposits that require soaking.

          Cold water can take time to get used to. I have arthritis on occasion, but it hasn't been an issue with this sink. Few people realize that the CDC recommends washing your hands with cold water as hot water strips your hands of their protective oils and allows bacteria to get a foothold. It is actually great to promote hygiene. Do what you are comfortable with, but try to get the facts first.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I flush with bath/shower water . Zero clean water for toilet. I am also experienced at having no toilet.. Everyone should be aware that the toilet seat is extremely unhealthy The body was never designed to sit...just squat. Sitting can and does cause bowel disease and heart attacks. Elvis died on the throne . His death may have been toilet seat syndrome with or without the drugs.

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          kab 4 years ago from Upstate, NY

          @anonymous: I've heard you should squat, but I've also heard that older people who have squatted all their lives and now have hip problems also have problems with bowel movements because they can't get into the squatting position and their body won't make a bowel movement any other way.

          As far as Elvis goes, it seems right that the King should die on the throne!

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          jmatts1 4 years ago

          Very interesting concept I hadn't seen before. Conserve water and save space. If you get a chance check out my new lens on bottle-less water coolers: http://www.squidoo.com/bottle-less-water-coolers

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          Seth 4 years ago from California

          Very cool idea.

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          cmanning08 4 years ago

          It is a good idea!

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          JonoAdams 4 years ago

          Very interesting, thanks for sharing this lens!

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          joehelms 4 years ago

          Cool idea. I would be concerned with splashing and getting water everywhere though, unless you had tile walls or something.

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          OliviaQ 4 years ago

          very nice lens that share about toilet. there aidea could I get from here :)

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Interesting lens. Thanks for sharing.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          What a cool idea for conserving water and going a little greener and a great idea for those with small spaces. Most of us in the US are still getting used to the idea of using brown water for flushing, we've gotten used to seeing that sparkling clean toilet bowl. You make a good point about those in the country paying to pump the water but also, in the city you pay not only for the water coming in, but also for the water going out as sewage.

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          Sher Ritchie 4 years ago

          It's an amazing invention - like nearly all great inventions its so simple one wonders why it wasn't created years ago! I've put a link to your lens on mine: https://hubpages.com/politics/naples-italy-the-tra... . Thanks for sharing!

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          YogaAngel 4 years ago

          Thank you for clarifying that I won't have to pee in the sink

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          hntrssthmpsn 5 years ago

          Awesome! I had no idea there *was* such a thing as a toilet/sink combo. An ecologically sound alternative... with the potential for some fabulous fun with uninitiated guests!

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          microfarmproject 5 years ago

          Interesting idea. I wonder if it will catch on in the U.S. I will be looking into this concept more. Thanks!

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          Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

          Love this lens. Thanks for sharing with us, I did not know this was available in Japan, but a excellence idea. Blessed

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          tslizzy 5 years ago

          love the idea.

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          KittySmith 5 years ago

          @JohannDog: Ya, now it wouldn't be as gross to find you drinking from the toilet now, eh Johann?

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          KittySmith 5 years ago

          I think the china option in the Amazon module looks much better, it would definitely be a great idea for a tiny home.

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          LovelyMom77 5 years ago

          I like the idea, consumption is ideally kept to a minimal!! Great concept.

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          BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

          Pretty brilliant idea, actually. Might try a toilet/sink combo if I could get the rest of my family to go for it.

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          ramonabeckbritman 5 years ago

          I agree. With pinkrenegade, this should be used in every home. Wouldn't be a bad idea to have in schools to teach the children to wash hands as soon as finished using the bathroom.

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          pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

          Great lens. This should be used in every home.

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          Pastor Kay 5 years ago

          I've been in a few little bathrooms I wished had one of these!

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          hessa johnson 5 years ago

          I used this type of toilet all the time in Japan. It's such a great idea, I don't know why it's not more commonly seen. Thanks for a great lens.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I think this combo idea makes sense, unlike a combo I've seen with a refrigerator, electric stove & sink - that was both crazy & dangerous :(

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          Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

          Hi I like this,we all need to do our part to save water.I do all that I can.Thanks for sharing.

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          Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

          Great lens! Water conservation is a very important subject...thanks for bringing it to light! :)

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          Johann The Dog 5 years ago from Northeast Georgia

          Well wadda ya know? This is very interesting. We're (Mum and I) are always looking for more ways to be green. Thanks for the info!

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          Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

          A very interesting concept. I'm all for water conservation. It's our most precious natural resource.

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          TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

          I love this idea! I featured your lense here: Toilet Replacement Guide

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I need one of these for a small toilet room in my student house. In order to get the HMO licence I need to install a sink in the little toilet room. Where can I buy one? How much? cheers scott

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          AtoZPlumbingToronto 5 years ago

          I'd say, whatever help water conservation is a worthy idea.

          We have lots of water in Canada and did not learn to appreciate it ...yet.

          But the way the world is going, we certrainly will have to.

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          adamfrench 5 years ago

          Impressive lens, thumbs up

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          Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

          I'll pass.

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          Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

          Good idea for saving water. We waste so much even when we try to conserve. Thanks for sharing. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

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          dahlia369 5 years ago

          I just love the imagination without limits. Blessed! :)

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          Mary Crowther 5 years ago from Havre de Grace

          Interesting lens! Never knew there was such a thing!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Like the idea...but wouldn't just leaving the lid off altogether and dipping your hands to rinse them do the same thing?

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          phoenix arizona f 5 years ago

          Great idea!

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          kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

          @anonymous: Actually, according to the FDA, hot water comfortable enough for washing hands is not hot enough to kill bacteria (source).

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          no hot water to wash with, not very sanitary, and if you only want to wash your hands you have to flush first and waste even more water You would still need a sink for shaving and bushing your teeth or do you just keep flushing to get the water to do this with?

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          Dalmain 6 years ago

          Currently, I recycle and reuse whatever I can ... and I'm always looking for additional options.

          Thanks much for the share ... 8o)

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          Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

          Interesting. Thanks for drawing attention to this interesting sink. I am glad that it wasn't a sink that you use as a toilet. :)

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          Linda Hahn 6 years ago from California

          Go green!

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          solutionism 6 years ago

          Love your lens! Keep it up!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          adding u to water crisis lens and blessings from a squid angel :)

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          benharper 6 years ago

          I live in a desert, i know the importance of water Please check out myirrigation and sprinkler services

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          gravityx9 6 years ago

          Super Lens! I have featured it with my Earth Lens 'It's Good To Be Green' ! THUMBS UP *SEE IT HERE*

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          kab 6 years ago from Upstate, NY

          @anonymous: What is your concern about legality?

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Interesting idea. I wonder about the legality of it here in California.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          What a cool concept! You could really elaborate on this too by getting some really cool

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          Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

          I've never heard of this before, and it makes good sense. I wonder how well it would work in public restrooms.

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          bechand 6 years ago

          I love most of your stuff ... but this is just odd to me ! lol

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Interesting lens you have here! Keep it up!

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          Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

          I think this clever device makes perfect sense!

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          monarch13 7 years ago

          I had never seen this before, how clever. Happy Earth Day!

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Best price I've found for this product is at http://www.tierrapath.com for only $89.00

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          What a brilliant idea! The lens has great info and is very well laid out. Blessings for you from a "green" Angel!

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          If you tell your kids, they have to poo or pee, to save water and wash their hands, they will be devouring more junk food to keep their hands and the earth cleaner!

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          religions7 7 years ago

          Thanks for educating the world and contributing to environmental awareness and changing lifestyle. This lens is featured on my Environment lensography - perhaps you want to sport the badge?

          http://www.squidoo.com/environment-lensography#mod...

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          RolandTumble 8 years ago

          Great lens. 5* & lensrolled to my eco-lens.

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          greenerme 8 years ago

          This is an interesting product! Hopefully this will catch on more and more over time. Welcome to A Million Ways to Go Green!

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          Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

          Really interesting. Welcome to the Living the Green Organic Lifestyle Group.

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          religions7 9 years ago

          Great lens. I featured it on my new lensography on the environment. Go check it out and add your favorite environment links to the plexo: http://www.squidoo.com/environment-lensography

          There's also a duel about the question: is the environment more important, or the economy?

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          Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

          What a great lens! 5 stars and Favored!

          The Purple Gallinulesloved your lens so much that they are sending you some virtual Raindrops to fall gently on your garden.

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          NorDac LM 9 years ago

          Tell your young kids (at least boys) that the water is being recycled form the toilet and you might even get them to wash their hands once in a while. :)

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          Nathalie Roy 9 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

          Welcome to theEcological shopping group 5/5!

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