With the previous post, I introduced a conversation about Auto-Flushing Toilets (AFTs). I described the clear benefits to having an auto-flushing toilets, like–for example–the much-better experience you have using the AFT following a Non-Flushing Individual (NFI) than you would using a Manual Flush Toilet (MFT).
However, I hinted that there were definite shortcomings to Auto Flush Toilets. Here they are:
Part II – The Shortcomings of Auto-Flushing Toilets:
- 1. “…But the auto-flusher doesn’t always work properly!” This is, unfortunately, very true. The arguments in the previous post relied entirely on the assumption that the auto-flush worked on the AFT in question. That was a very dangerous assumption because, fairly often, AFTs aren’t working properly when you need them. If an AFT malfunctions, several unwanted situations may occur:
- An Otherwise-Diligent Flusher (ODF) temporarily becomes a NFI – ODFs who would normally flush a MFT but have become accustomed to a particular AFT, might assume that the AFT will work properly. They may walk away from the toilet without using the contingency flush button, unknowing that the toilet didn’t flush. That would be like following a NFI, and the same issues would appear.
- The Contingency Button – The toilet doesn’t work, so you have to push the contingency button… with your finger! The button is so small that you can’t use your foot like you could with a lever.
2. Sometimes the auto-flusher is over-anxious. I’ve been in restrooms where an auto-flush toilet continues flushing even when nobody is using it. That’s just a waste of water and energy. So something that is supposed to save water and energy (the AFT), turns into something that is more wasteful than a manual flush toilet if it’s malfunctioning.
3. The Surprise Attack Flush. This unfortunate event occurs when you trigger the automatic flush before you’re ready for it. If this happens, let’s just hope the water is contained by the bowl when the toilet flushes.
Have I missed any shortcomings of the Auto-Flushing Toilet? After looking over the pros and cons of auto-flushing toilets, I think the benefits of AFTs outweigh the shortcomings. The shortcomings of AFTs pretty much only appear when the toilet is malfunctioning. In my experience, AFTs generally work pretty well. It can just be frustrating when you come to expect an AFT to work, then come across a malfunctioning one.
How do you feel about auto-flushing toilets? Please discuss in the comments.