City of Griffin, GA offering $75 rebate for low flow toilets

Griffin has raised the rebate from $50 to $75 for residents who install new low flow toilets. Since the city initiated the toilet rebate program in 2009, only 35 residents have utilized the prog…

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City Seeking Applicants For High Efficiency Toilet Program | Corpus Christi, TX | KZTV10.com |

City Seeking Applicants For High Efficiency Toilet Program | Corpus Christi, TX | KZTV10.com |.

CORPUS CHRISTI – The City of Corpus Christi is looking for residents who want a new toilet, at no cost to them, but are willing to cover the costs of installation.

The High Efficiency Toilet (HET) program will use federal stimulus funds to provide 2,000 new toilets to qualified applicants. The fixtures use 1.28 gallons per flush, rather than the high volume 3.5 gallon toilets used by most residents.

The funds come from a $2,757,500 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant awarded to the city from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Residents selected will receive a voucher in the mail during the first week of September that is good for one HET and all associated installation hardware. The voucher will also identify the date, time, and location for pick-up of the HET which is scheduled for early fall. Residents are responsible for all costs associated with having the fixtures installed.

The toilets replaced by residents will be picked up by the City’s Solid Waste Operations Department. The city says the porcelain fixtures will be crushed and used to restore oyster reefs in local bays in partnership with Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and Haas Materials.

To participate, homeowners can complete an application form athttp://www.CorpusChristiHET.com or by calling toll free 1-855-242-5214. Spanish speaking operators are available.

Mail-in applications are also available at the Corpus Christi Water Department located at 2726 Holly Road, at the Utility Business Office at City Hall, 1201 Leopard Street, or at any of the City’s public libraries.

To take a look at the types of toilets offered in the program, check out www.caromausa.com.

Population growth stirs worries about stress on region’s water supply | ajc.com

 

By Leon Stafford

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

When Colin Cavill began planning the 325-unit Enso Atlanta apartments near Grant Park three years ago, water was at the top of his mind.

Colin Cavill focused on water conservation when he developed the Enso Atlanta apartments in Grant Park, which, among other things, has a saltwater pool and a cistern for  rainwater harvesting that holds over 76,000 gallons.

Phil Skinner, AJC Colin Cavill focused on water conservation when he developed the Enso Atlanta apartments in Grant Park, which, among other things, has a saltwater pool and a cistern for rainwater harvesting that holds over 76,000 gallons.

 

Simply put: The metro’s area’s supply is limited, and he didn’t want to make matters worse.

So Cavill — who says his company, Capital 33, wanted to “help reduce our footprint” — developed the complex as a green project. Toilets and faucets are low-flow, shower heads are water-efficient, and a cistern collects water for the landscaping.

Cavill’s efforts may need to be become the norm as the state struggles with its limited water supply, experts say.

Metro Atlanta grew by 1 million people over the past decade, according to the U.S. census, and water — or lack thereof — could decide its continued strength as a region, the experts said.

“Growth goes where the water is and not vice versa,” said Gil Rogers, senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center.

Larry Neal, a senior principal for Mactec Engineering and Consulting, which has worked with the state on drinking water assessments, said a solution is critical for job growth. If water supply is stretched thin, it could be more expensive for business to tap. That could dissuade prospects from considering locating in metro Atlanta.

“If there is uncertainty,” he said, “it can cause a business to steer away. … You don’t want water to become the limiting factor in any given area.”

The state recognizes the risks. It has authorized the construction of reservoirs, created a Water Supply Task Force and adopted some conservation measures. Many cities and counties in the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, which includes metro Atlanta, are offering rebates to homeowners who replace older toilets with low-flow models.

One of the biggest challenges remains the state’s dispute with Alabama and Florida over access to Lake Lanier. U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson ruled in 2009 that it was illegal for the Army Corps of Engineers to draw water from the lake to meet the needs of 3 million metro residents. Magnuson set a July 2012 deadline for the states to resolve the dispute. Otherwise, metro Atlanta would be limited to the same amount of water it received in the mid-1970s, when the population was less than one-third its current size. Georgia is appealing the ruling.

“Some of our issues are the litigation and uncertainty about the future,” said Pat Stevens, chief of environmental planning at the Atlanta Regional Commission.

Stevens said that despite the population growth, water use in metro Atlanta is down. She said the population in the North Georgia water district grew 28 percent between 2000 and 2009. Usage, however, was down to 512 million gallons of water a day in 2009, compared with a high in 2006 of 602 million gallons.

A number of factors led to the reduction, including conservation, severe water restrictions during several years of drought and the economic downturn, which may have forced residents to curtail tapping water they could not afford.

Also, 2009 was a rainy year, lessening the need to water yards and gardens.

“It really rained a lot that year. Actually the last year that was more close to our norm was in 2006,” Stevens said. The metro area’s rainfall was 69.4 inches in 2009 and 48.5 inches in 2006.

Alan Wexler, president of Databank Atlanta, a r, said if water were to become less abundant, it could lead to restrictions that would put commercial and residential real estate projects on hold. That happened in the years of drought in 2007 and 2008.

Solving the issue is critical because the economy has stymied real estate growth the past few years. When the recovery comes, no one wants to be sidelined because of water, he said.

“You have so many factors that are fluid right now,” he said.

Population growth stirs worries about stress on region’s water supply  | ajc.com.

Japan’s Toilets Are Cooler Than Yours

Japan’s Toilets Are Cooler Than Yours.

Japan takes care of business in style.

Japan offers a wide variety of cultural excitement for tourists and locals but you definitely wouldn’t expect to see something like the Inax Museums back in the states. Located in Tokoname, outside of Nagoya, visitors of the Inax Live Museum can see the most innovative, fancy and funky functional toilets out there.

 

Here we have Inax’s luxurious Regio toilet with an automatic lid, illuminated bowl, and the best part: its own soundtrack composed by famous Japanese jazz pianist Yoshiko Kishino. In addition, the toilet releases its own germ-killing ions to keep this expensive piece of porcelain clean. How expensive is the Regio? Well the cheapest one has a suggested retail price of 462,000 yen (that’s $5,500).

 

Don’t let the design of this one fool you, you won’t be washing your hands with dirty recycled toilet water. This common water-conservation feature, referred to as spigots, reuses water from the sink for toilet flushing. Now all of that water you waste washing your hands and brushing your teeth can be used to flush the toilet.

 

Another expensive toilet, the Toto Neorest Hybrid features a tankless design that conserves water by using three different flush buttons. One of the buttons using a water-saving 1 gallon flush. In addition to its water conserving powers, the Neorest Hybrid includes the company’s famous bidet system, an innovative cyclone flushing system, automatic flush and deodorizer, nightlight and of course a state of the art Kenwood sound system. This fancy flusher starts at around $2,800.

 

For a look at more creative toilet designs from Japan, head on over to CNET’s article here.

 

Photos : Tim Hornyak / CNET

 

Gainesville, GA Toilet rebate criteria change | AccessNorthGa

Toilet rebate criteria change | AccessNorthGa.

Toilet rebate criteria change

BY MARC EGGERS STAFF
GAINESVILLE – The criteria for the City of Gainesville Plumbing Retrofit Program has changed. 

Under the new guidelines, only high efficiency toilets that are 1.28 gallons per flush or less will be eligible for the credit offered by the Gainesville Public Utilities Department.

Under the retrofit program, any single-family residential customer, whose home was built prior to 1993, can replace older model toilets with new water efficient models and receive a $75.00 credit per toilet replaced. The credit is applied to the applicants’ City of Gainesville water bill.

The City of Gainesville was the first to offer a plumbing retrofit program in North Georgia and in the past has offered the credit for 1.6 gpf toilets.

These eligibility changes are due to measures passed by the legislature in the water stewardship act. These changes will take effect statewide in July 2012. However, to continue as a leader in water conservation, the City of Gainesville has opted to implement the changes this year.

A typical family of four can save around 35 gallons a day or 12,775 gallons a year by replacing one 3.5 gpf toilet with a 1.28 gpf toilet.

Rebate applications must be accompanied with an original receipt and can be found online at http://www.gainesville.org/public_utilities or the Public Utilities Building located at 757 Queen City Parkway, SW Gainesville, GA 30501. Please see application for complete details.

For more information contact Jennifer Flowers at (770) 532-7462, ext. 3287.

 

pottygirl’s blogging year 2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.

 

In 2010, there were 90 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 198 posts. There was 1 picture uploaded, taking a total of 171kb.

The busiest day of the year was May 3rd with 93 views. The most popular post that day was Who’s To Blame For The Great Pacific Garbage Patch? Look In The Mirror..

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The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wordpress.com, greenhomeguide.com, search.aol.com, linkedin.com, and google.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for penta water scam, caroma toilet reviews, the great pacific garbage patch facts, water conservation, and water scams exposed.

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Who’s To Blame For The Great Pacific Garbage Patch? Look In The Mirror. September 2009
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10 drinking water scams exposed November 2009
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Caroma Toilet Review | H2O Report October 2009

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City of Raleigh, NC WaterSense toilet replacement rebate program June 2010
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It’s official: Atlanta is the first City in the Southeast offering a toilet rebate program for apartment buildings and condominiums

Mayor Kasim Reed officially announced the first Multi-Family toilet rebate program in the Southeastern United States during the City of Atlanta’s Sustainability Week, October 25-29, 2010. In his  “Power to Change” speech, he outlined how Atlanta plans to become one of the top-ten sustainable cities in the nation.

Below you will find the details on the Multi-family toilet rebate program – you can also visit  the following link for the rebate application. http://www.atlantawatershed.org/owe/multi-family-toilet-rebate.htm

Multi-family Toilet Rebate Program

The City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management extends its high-efficiency toilet rebate to multifamily customers

Apartment and condominium communities that are City of Atlanta water customers may qualify if the following criteria are met:

  • The property was built prior to 1993
  • Existing toilets use more than 1.6 gallons per flush
  • Property owner/manager is up-to-date on water bill payments
  • Property owner/manager has water and sewer account with DWM
  • Property owner/manager agrees to a pre-installation water audit inspection by DWM
  • Property owner/manager purchases all fixtures and arranges for/pays for installation
  • Property owner/manager provides proof of purchase (original receipts) and proof of installation (plumber/contractor statement or invoice)
  • Property owner/manager contracts with a licensed waste hauler who will transport used porcelain toilets to one of two porcelain recyclers in the Atlanta area (documentation from recycler required)
  • Property owner/manager agrees to a post-installation verification site visit by DWM
  • Property owner/manager completes a multifamily toilet rebate application (which includes all documentation listed above)

If the above criteria are met, the property owner/manager will receive a $100 rebate for each toilet replaced with a 1.28 gallon-per-flush or less EPA WaterSense toilet. Look for the water sense label label.

Rebates will be applied to the water account(s) for the property in question.

Rebates will be applied to qualifying applicants on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funding is available.

For more information about the Multifamily Toilet Rebate Program, contact Jennifer Carlile, jcarlile@atlantaga.gov, (404) 546-1265.