PATENT OF THE WEEK – WATER CLOSET
Water conservation is progressively becoming a greater problem in our society, and one of the areas where the waste of water resources accumulates is in sanitation apparatus such as water closets, etc. In today’s patent, we will discuss Marshall W. Miller’s invention, “Water closet” (US3939500A), which was patented by the USPTO on 24th February 1976.
This invention relates to improvements in water closets for conserving water and space. As the conventional water closets use substantial volumes of water for flushing purposes and providing sanitary water seals or traps, such volumes of water become excessive. There have been prior art inventions that provide different flushing apparatus however, these designs have failed to meet the needs for water closets and effective use of flush water.
The main objective of this invention is to overcome the inadequacies of the prior art inventions by providing a water closet that meets the needs of today and which can be produced in an economical manner. It also helps in optimum use of water within the pan so that minimum water usage is required.