Toilet Rebate Program Reaches Milestone: 100,000 Toilets Replaced with Water-Saving Models
Low-flow toilets help save 2.4 million gallons of water per day, or 900 million gallons a year
(ATLANTA) – The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District) and participating water providers have replaced 100,000 old, inefficient toilets in metro Atlanta with more efficient models through a retrofit program that began in 2008. This equates to water savings of 2.4 million gallons each day, or about 900 million gallons per year.
The toilet rebate program is one of many efforts to support conservation in the region. Guided by science, data and good stewardship, the Metro Water District details 19 measures specific to conservation. Since 2007, water use in metro Atlanta has dropped by more than 10 percent even as the population has increased by a million. Individuals are able to learn more about securing a toilet rebate by visiting www.northgeorgiawater.org/toiletrebate.
Approximately 30 percent of water use in the average American home occurs in the bathroom, with more than 15 percent being used by toilets,” said Katherine Zitsch, director of the Metro Water District. “The annual water savings that results from 100,000 inefficient toilets being replaced with high-efficiency and low-flow models is enough to fill the Georgia Aquarium 90 times or 1,363 Olympic size swimming pools.
In celebration of 100,000 toilets rebated, the Metro Water District, in partnership with TOTO USA, Marine Plumbing Services and Southern Sprinkler Systems, has awarded the Chattahoochee Nature Center with a free water audit and $1,000 in TOTO water efficient fixtures as the winner of the Great Plumbing Fixture Giveaway. Two finalists, Making A Way Housing, Inc. and Annandale Village, will also receive free water audits.
Building on the success of toilet rebate programs for homeowners, The Great Plumbing Fixture Giveaway brings the message of smart water use through efficient fixtures to commercial buildings and provides a small-scale example of strategies local governments and water utilities are implementing across the region.
About the Metro Water District Toilet Rebate Program
Customers of participating local water utilities living in a home built in 1993 or earlier may qualify for a rebate by replacing an existing high flow toilet with a new WaterSense labeled model. More information about the Metro Water District Toilet Rebate Program is available at www.northgeorgiawater.org/toiletrebate.
About the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District
The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District is the agency dedicated to developing comprehensive watershed, wastewater and water supply and water conservation plans to be implemented by local governments in the 15-county metro Atlanta region. Visit www.northgeorgiawater.org for more information.
Water Use in the 15-County Metro North Georgia Water Planning District