Toilet Rebate in Portland, OR – only while budget lasts or until June 30,2009


Money back for flushing; plus, don’t forget to claim that 2008 energy tax credit
Posted by Shelby Wood, The Oregonian

It’s Monday. Chances are, you’re wishing you had a new, water-efficient toilet.

No? Then tuck this info away in case you change your mind in the next six months:

The city of Portland wants to give you $100 for installing a high-efficiency toilet. That can mean 60 to 75 percent off the price of upgrading your porcelain throne. You’ve got to be a Portland Water Bureau customer, and you’ve got to buy an EPA WaterSense-certified toilet (like Energy Star, but for toilets).

And you’ve got to move fast; the rebates are available only while supplies last, or until June 30, 2009. The Water Bureau set aside $50,000 for the rebates, money that comes from rate-payer revenue.

The big difference between traditional and high-efficiency toilets is water use. A traditional model requires 1.6 gallons per flush. WaterSense toilets can use no more than 1.28 gallons per flush (or gpf, for those who like to impress friends and co-workers with cool commode jargon).

Interestingly, even in this eco-friendly era, the majority of toilets on sale at are traditional water hogs. The site lists 552 toilets that use 1.6 gpf, but only 5 that use 1.28 gpf.

Of those five, three are easily identified as WaterSense-certified, and those range in price from $128 to $149 each. Or, $28 to $49 with the rebate.

Check out the water bureau’s Web site for more details and to apply for the rebate (limit two per customer).

On another rebate note, if you purchased any kind of appliance in 2008 that qualifies for a state energy tax credit (clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, water heaters, furnaces, AC systems, duct systems, hybrid vehicles), you’ve got to send in the paperwork soon to be able to apply the credit to your 2008 tax bill.

The Oregon Dept. of Energy reminds us that you need the tax credit certificate from the state to claim the credit. Everybody and their mother will be sending in requests as we get closer to tax day (April 15).

So, asks DOE, please do it now.

More energy tax credit info: or (800) 221-8035

If you are serious about saving water, want a toilet that works, looks sleek and is affordable, please look into Caroma Dual Flush toilets. Caroma, an Australian company, invented the 2 button Dual Flush technology in the 80’s and is the worlds leading manufacturer with more models listed on EPA’s list of WaterSense labeled toilets than any other manufacturer. Caroma toilets offer a patented dual flush technology consisting of a 0.8 Gal flush for liquid waste and a 1.6 Gal flush for solids. On an average of 5 uses a day (4 liquid/ 1 solid) a Caroma Dual Flush toilet uses an average of 0.96 gallons per flush. The new Sydney Smart uses only 1.28 and 0.8 gpf, that is an average of 0.89 gallons per flush. This is the lowest water consumption of any toilet available in the US. Also, with a full 3.5″ trapway, these toilets virtually never clog. All of Caroma™’s toilets are on the list of WaterSense labeled HET’s and also qualify for several toilet rebate programs available in the US. Please visit  Caroma USA to learn where you can find Caroma toilets locally. Visit EcoTransitions to see how we flush potatoes with 0.8 gallons of water, meant for liquids only.

2 Responses

  1. maybe good to post on altpdx?

    or are we to late?? not sure…

    • Hi Juliet,

      yes, unfortunately the rebate program is no longer available. This is the info I found on

      May 4th, 2009: WaterSense toilet rebate funds have been depleted, there are no more rebates available. We do not anticipate offering a toilet rebate again in the near future.
      Portland’s abundant precipitation generally falls during the spring, fall, and winter when we’re not watering our lawns, washing our cars outside and/or drinking lots of water on hots days.
      During the dry summer months, the city augments its Bull Run supply with water from the city’s groundwater source. And just when we have less water available in the Bull Run – we start to water our lawns and gardens and wash our cars.

      Luckily, there are many simple changes customers can make in their water use habits to reduce their overall usage. Find out what you can do!

      The Portland Water Bureau’s Water Conservation Program can be reached at 503-823-4527 or

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