New valve springs are essential in keeping toilets flushed, but they can cost as much as $100 a pair, according to a new report.
The new replacement valves are part of a new, nationwide maintenance program that includes new valves and replacement of toilet valves.
The report was released Thursday by the National Institutes of Health, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The replacement valve spring replacement program is a significant investment that will save taxpayers more than a billion dollars over the next 30 years, the report said.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Institute for Standards and Engineering have developed a system to identify replacement valves that meet the highest standards.
They developed a new test that is more accurate and reliable than existing testing.
“In addition to its potential for saving millions of dollars in federal government and private industry programs and programs in the private sector, the test provides the first-ever test that meets the highest safety and performance standards,” the report states.
The tests include a full range of pressures and temperatures and the ability to test at pressures as high as 1,000 atmospheres.
New valves can be installed on toilets, sinks, showers and bathtubs for up to 10 years.
The valves are made of a flexible plastic and can be bent or broken by pressure and temperature changes.
“We are pleased that the National Research Council has recognized the value of a simple, reliable test that can be easily used to help predict the costs and benefits of replacing valves, and we applaud the National Academy of Engineering for its involvement,” said Dr. James R. Molloy, president and CEO of the National Standards Institute, in a statement.
This is not the first time the NIST has identified a cost savings.
The agency has already spent millions to install a new valve in one of its bathrooms.
In December 2016, NIST installed a valve that can withstand pressure up to 400 times normal.
As part of the maintenance program, the NIS also is developing new testing methods and new software that can help predict how the valves will perform in the future.
The test will also include a detailed inspection of the valve, as well as a detailed examination of the toilet.
A new toilet valve that is part of an automated valve system.
The National Institutes for Health released a similar report in April 2016.
The NIS report noted that the valve replacement program will save about $400 million over the course of the next decade.
The cost savings, the institute said, are expected to grow by the year 2020.