Lake Alfred, FL toilet rebate program

Lake Alfred water plan on tap

By MARY HURST
News Chief

Published: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 5:47 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 5:47 a.m.

LAKE ALFRED — City residents will be receiving notice of the city’s Indoor Water Conservation program, which brings in funding to give residents a rebate if they replace older toilets in their homes with ones more water efficient.

The Lake Alfred City Commission Monday approved a cooperative funding agreement with the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) for a $16,200 pilot program to provide a $50 rebate to those residents with a toilet installed prior to 1995. The city will provide rebates up to $100 per household.

John Deaton, the city’s utilities director, said the city would contribute $8,100 over a three-year period, matching SFWMD’s contribution. The program is expected to start April 1. Residents will be notified by a notice in their water bills when the rebate program will begin.

The toilet rebate program is part of a larger program involving educational meetings residents can attend. They will be held next fall, Deaton said, in Cypress Greens, Kings Point and at City Hall. Those meetings will have water conservation tips and the city will give residents aerated shower heads to replace less efficient ones.

The program will be handled on a first-come, first served basis and will not include those who are building new homes.

“Residents can go to a home improvement store and ask for the appropriate toilets to purchase,” Deaton said. “Then, they have the toilet installed, save their receipts and the city inspects the installation to assure the toilet is installed and is working properly before the rebate will be issued.”

Commissioners said the project was necessary to renew its water permit with SWRMD.

 

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