September 22, 2009
America’s Manufacturing Sector Roars Back

From the Kansas City Star:

How many times a day does an inmate flush?

According to industry experts, as many as 30. Far more often than typical people, but the average person probably doesn’t use his or her toilet for an ashtray, to dispose of contraband or to cool drinks…

Industry experts and prison officials say retrofitting prisons with Murphy’s new high-efficiency toilet could mean huge savings in monthly water bills — bills generally paid by taxpayers. Beyond that, the invention could play a key role in the push for American prisons to go green.

And at a time when it’s said that America doesn’t manufacture anything anymore, here’s a small firm in a tough economy that seemingly has made a better mousetrap and is getting ready to expand and hire more workers…

Murphy then put on a demonstration. “You’re going to see something you’ve never seen before,” he said. He put 35 golf balls into the bowl and pushed the flush button. The balls danced about before shooting down the drain.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at September 22, 2009 02:09 PM
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My Gawd! Not only Elvis lives, but Audie Murphy too! One of the most decorated war heroes inventing a new toilet at the age of 83! Making America's prisons green! That's really something! I guess a man's gotta do what a man's gotta to do, no doubt about it.

Posted by: Peter on September 23, 2009 6:56 AM

Nothing like a new product to make the prisons more efficient. Some couple of years ago I saw a documentary about prisons and one of the inmates was demonstrating how, when one had to let out some air that might be foul smelling, the rule was to let out the air in the toilet, then flush. They need two handles on that thing- one for an air flush. That might cut out half the water flushes alone.

So I guess this means that now that the prisons will be more efficient, we can afford to put a larger percentage of our population in prison. Nothing like America, even when you're number 1, you have to work to keep that status by making it more cost effective to run up that number even higher by making the facilities more efficient.

And in Columbia SC at the state prison, there was a long article about how the inmates were flushing things that caused a multi-million dollar sewer system backup problem down the line from the prison from all the debris in there. Maybe it won't work out as well as the planners hoped.

But I could use a couple of those toilets in my house as long as the cats don't get near it. Been dealing with a plunger and recalcitrant toilet from about 1960 for the last few days.

Posted by: Buck on September 26, 2009 6:25 AM
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