“Just Don’t Flush It”

This year’s winning short films were announced Sept. 20 at the Intelligent Use of Water™ Film Competition screening in Beverly Hills, CA. The 2011 Audience Choice Award went to

“Just Don’t Flush It” by Brian McAndrew, North Bend, Oregon – check it out!

40 Important Ways that Colleges Are Conserving Water

http://www.bestcollegesonline.com/blog/2011/09/06/40-important-ways-that-colleges-are-conserving-water/

Water is a precious resource, and although it flows freely from the tap, it’s not infinite. Green campus lawns, clean cafeteria plates, and even air conditioned dorms don’t happen without using lots of water. As major institutions, colleges are serious users of water, and although some don’t yet recognize the need to conserve water, many of them do. In fact, college campuses are home to some of the most innovative ideas for water conservation, implementing water management technology, smart conservation policies, and more. Read on to find out about 40 great ways colleges are putting great minds to work on water conservation.

  1. Cal State-LA technology

    Using a wireless water management service, Cal State-LA was able to lower their water bills and reduce water usage by about 27 million gallons in 18 months. The system also saves valuable staff time and adjusts to weather changes, turning off water before it rains.

  2. A new low flow standard

    The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education reports that low flow showerheads and faucets, as well as low water volume toilets and urinals are standard practice for US colleges.

  3. Dual flush toilets

    In addition to low flow toilets, colleges like Harvard are also using dual flush toilets, which allow toilets to use less water unless deemed necessary by their users.

  4. Recycling rooftop rainwater

    Drexel University turns rainwater into a resource rather than waste. Instead of sending it down the pipes to treatment plants, Drexel collects rainwater for non-potable uses, including toilet flushing, landscaping, and gardening.

  5. Cutting back on car washing

    Colleges make use of many vehicles on and off campus, and those vehicles need to be washed, but not frequently. Schools like the University of Washington have cut back on car washing in their motor pools to save water.

  6. Using campus resources

    Large campuses may have access to creeks and wells on their land. At Stanford University, almost 75% of water used for irrigation comes from water sourced on Stanford’s own land.

  7. Going trayless

    Many colleges are ditching trays in their cafeterias, cutting food waste, conserving water, and even keeping the “freshman 15” off new students. At Williams College alone, the college is saving 14,000 gallons of water each year by eliminating trays at one of four campus dining halls.

  8. Landscaping with drought-tolerant plants

    At Saint Mary’s College, drought-tolerant plants have been put in place, including oleander, lavender, and nadina, with drought-tolerant plants making up about 95% of campus plants.

  9. Installing water misers

    Schools like Stanford have made use of water misers on autoclaves in the Medical School and research buildings. Instead of having water running 24 hours a day on the devices, misers sense when the water is needed and when it is not. This measure alone has helped to reduce water usage in these buildings by over 50%.

  10. Educating students

    At UC-Santa Cruz, students arriving on campus will learn about water conservation in their orientation meetings, and the campus offers dorm room usage audits as well.

  1. Removing bottled water

    Instead of allowing bottled water as an option at campus events and at dining facilities, colleges like Harvey Mudd College are selling or providing refillable water bottles to faculty, staff, and students.

  2. Recirculating systems

    Coolers and other equipment using once-through water cooling systems are being replaced with ones that reuse cooled water, saving not only water, but electricity and gas as well.

  3. Water Wise House Call

    At Stanford University, they have recognized that university water usage doesn’t end off campus. Faculty and staff have their impact in private homes as well. With the Water Wise House Call program, the university has been able to manage water usage off campus by providing information and resources to faculty and staff.

  4. The Living Machine

    At Oberlin College, students get involved in wastewater cleaning with The Living Machine. The machine processes wastewater into reusable greywater by relying on natural cleaning methods in wetlands, including plants and bacteria.

  5. Green campus grounds with reclaimed water

    At the University of California Santa Barbara, 90% of campus grounds are kept green using reclaimed water. This water is also used to flush toilets in some buildings. Reclaimed water is wastewater that has undergone a treatment process, but does not meet standards for drinking.

  6. Recycling carpet

    Carpet doesn’t sound like a big water waster, but at Oberlin College, they’ve calculated their savings from recycling carpet. By recycling 177,057 square feet of used carpet, they’ve saved 112,136.1 gallons of water, in addition to 1,227,418,143 BTUs of energy.

  7. Natural thawing

    Some schools previously thawed food using running water. Instead, colleges like Evergreen State have implemented better planning, and are able to thaw all food products naturally without the use of running water.

  8. Leak detection technology

    Some schools employ water conservation technology that includes leak detection, allowing them to identify and correct leaks that exist on campus.

  9. Updated laundry rooms

    Colleges are upgrading to high efficiency front loading washers, and becoming even more energy efficient by using technology that allows them to monitor the status of the machines. At Canisius College, 755,638 gallons of water have been saved since 2006.

  10. I Heart Tap Water

    UC-Berkeley’s I Heart Tap Water campaign promoted tap water as the beverage of choice for the campus. The university credits the campaign’s success to the testing of more than 450 water fountains on campus to ensure water quality. The program has reduced campus usage of plastic water bottles on campus by at least 25%.

  1. Using cisterns

    Colleges are using cisterns to harvest rainwater. At Harford Community College, they capture rooftop runoff in an 80,000 gallon cistern to use in an evaporative cooling tower.

  2. Leak reporting

    Dripping faucets can waste more than 600 gallons a year, and running toilets waste more than 131,000 gallons. On many college campuses, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to report any leaks that they see. Doing so can alert the maintenance staff to undiscovered sources of water waste that can be resolved easily.

  3. Hand sanitizer installation

    Duke University and many others have cut down on water used for sanitation purposes by installing hand sanitizers in bathrooms and other common areas. For quick sanitation purposes, a full hand wash using water is not needed, and alcohol-based sanitizer can be used instead.

  4. Smart flushing

    In addition to low flow and dual flush toilets, schools are updating with automatic eye flushers. These toilets flush according to the length of time a person is sitting on it, with a 1.1 gallon flush for less than 65 seconds, and 1.6 for 65 seconds or more.

  5. Laundry education

    Tufts reminds students to practice sustainable laundry techniques. Using a flyer, students are educated on using cold water options for washing clothing.

  6. Increased irrigation ponds

    At Duke University, they are taking advantage of more natural water storage by increasing the size of irrigation ponds on their golf course. This water can be used for toilets, landscaping, and more.

  7. Water free urinals

    Many colleges, including Vanderbilt University, are installing water-free urinals, which do not flush. Instead, the urinals use liquid chemicals and gravity, saving up to 40,000 gallons of water each year.

  8. Water use monitoring

    Enhancing awareness of water usage can help conservation efforts, making those who consume water more careful in their usage. Several colleges, including UC-Santa Cruz, have shared water use data publicly and within their community to spotlight conservation of water.

  9. Watering at night

    At lots of schools, watering was completed manually during the daytime, but more recently, colleges have implemented smart irrigation systems that water during the evening or early morning hours, saving evaporation, as well as overspray.

  10. Native plants

    Colleges like Centralia are switching to native plants, which need less water and maintenance due to their indigenous status.

  1. Rooftop vegetation

    To reduce the passage of rainwater into the sewer system, colleges are installing green roofs, which feature vegetation that consumes a large amount of water before running off. These systems also help to keep the top floor of buildings cooler during hot months, and insulated from cold temperatures and icy winds in the winter.

  2. Reduced power washing

    Everyone likes to see a sparkly clean college, but many schools are recognizing that they don’t need to power wash as often as they have in the past. At the University of Washington, power washing has been reduced to the removal of graffiti and slippery materials only.

  3. Simple reminders

    Using stickers, signs, and other awareness tools, schools are placing simple reminders in high water usage areas, such as busy restrooms. These reminders can help students be mindful about their water usage.

  4. Purchasing Energy Star equipment

    Dishwashers, washing machines, and other water-consuming appliances can make a big difference in water usage, especially on a college sized scale. Schools like Boston College are replacing their old equipment with new, more energy efficient machines, cutting water consumption by 50%.

  5. Updated facilities equipment

    Water cooled compressors, single pass chillers, cooling towers, and more often use water, and not always efficiently. Schools like the University of Washington have identified water wasting equipment and updated them, such as replacing water cooled compressors with air cooled ones.

  6. Drought-tolerant grass

    Schools are adopting the use of grass that doesn’t need to be watered or mowed often. At UC-Davis and UC-Riverside, a new strain of grass, UC-Verde, was created. This grass needs only 25% the amount of water used for typical turf grasses.

  7. On-demand hot water heaters

    Residential buildings may have their hot water heaters upgraded to tankless on demand models. At Dartmouth, these heaters are used to save water while students wait for the water to heat up.

  8. Removing lawn areas

    Maintaining lawn areas typically means keeping up with watering, but at Scripps College, they may not have to deal with it as much. The college is considering removing lawn areas where appropriate, reducing the amount of water needed to maintain campus lawns.

  9. Water coolers and taps

    With the use of water coolers, students, faculty, and staff can fill up reusable containers instead of buying bottled water. Schools like Dartmouth have employed the use of Brita pitchers and point of service units that dispense filtered (and sometimes even flavored) water.

  10. Water recycling washing machines

    At Middlebury College, soiled aprons and chef jackets go through to wash and rinse cycles, which ordinarily would be wasteful. But using a water recycler, the college is able to capture the rinse water for the next wash cycle.

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.

Water Supply – or Management – Crisis? The Right Question Will Drive the Right Solution · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader

Water Supply – or Management – Crisis? The Right Question Will Drive the Right Solution · Environmental Management & Energy News · Environmental Leader.

Water Supply – or Management – Crisis? The Right Question Will Drive the Right Solution

The majority of public messaging is about the water supply crisis we are facing. It is true that climate change and increasing demand will outstrip safe and reliable sources if we continue down the current path. However, the problem is not a “supply crisis,” but instead a “water management” crisis. One simple example that highlights the problem is California’s current statewide drought emergency declaration and simultaneous flood warnings in communities statewide.

World Water Day is a clarion call to everyone – from individuals to our highest-level decision-makers – to start asking basic questions about the way we manage our precious water resources. Where does the water in your home or region come from? How much do we use and for what? What happens to that water once we’ve used it – often just once? Most importantly, are we managing this life-sustaining resource in a way that results in avoidable waste, intractable adverse impacts on our natural environment, and unsustainable economic growth?

Crisis often drives important reform. Sadly, too often that reform is driven by short-term reactionary solutions, avoiding the need for holistic and long-term sustainable solutions.

The crisis we face is much broader than the narrow focus on increasing water supplies. The challenges facing the southwest, if not every region of the world, offer opportunities for holistic reform of water management. We can, and must, resolve our water supply challenges with integrated solutions that reduce pollution, restore ecosystem services and health to local watersheds, eliminate much of the “embedded energy” in our supply and wastewater disposal systems, and adapt to climate change and the multiple threats it poses.

Does this sound like a Herculean task? It does. But like any effort to reform institutional and complex regulatory problems, the public needs a thorough and honest assessment of the problems, and a clear picture of the solutions. World Water Day can and should be the platform to project this vision. The public will drive reform once we understand, and can visualize, the multiple benefits to our economy, environment and quality of life in our community from integrated water management reforms.

Fortunately progressive planners and individuals are already incorporating pieces of the puzzle, and these successful examples can lead the way to holistic reform. Homeowners are beginning to conserve water and redesign their landscapes to capture rainwater. Cities are implementing Low Impact Development ordinances, creating “green streets,” constructing networks of treatment wetlands and other efforts to restore natural watershed benefits to urban settings. We are taking the “waste” of water and energy out of our sewage treatment facilities through safe and reliable recycled water systems. All of these pieces can be incorporated into integrated management reform that provides a multitude of benefits through sound economic investments.

The predictions of a looming “water supply crisis” only seem dire until we embrace the notion that the coordinated and cooperative efforts by many public agencies who have some authority over managing water, as well as our own efforts at home, can result in reform that integrates solutions to multiple problems. Crisis drives reform – and World Water Day is an invaluable opportunity to illustrate what the reform looks like in our communities and how we end up with a sustainable economy, environment and better quality of life.

Joe Geever is the California Policy Coordinator at Surfrider Foundation. His duties include a broad array of policy education and advocacy, including development and management of Surfrider Foundation’s new program “Know Your H2O.”

Caroma’s 2011 “One Flush Makes a Difference” Promotion – 50% off MSRP

http://www.caromausa.com/2011/02/09/2011_one_flush_makes_a_difference_50_off_promotion.php

2011 “One Flush Makes a Difference” Promotion

Caroma’s 50% off promotion is back! Last year’s promotion was a huge success and this year we’re once again inviting customers to receive a coupon for 50% off the list price of any qualifying Caroma toilet or sink at participating reseller locations*. The 2011 “One Flush Makes a Difference” promotion honors Earth Month and helps bring awareness to all that Caroma does to promote water-efficiency. You have until June 30, 2011 to participate in the promotion and receive 50 % off the list price of any qualifying Caroma toilet or sink.

Can One Flush Make a Difference?

Absolutely! In the United States federal law requires that new toilets must not exceed 1.6 gallons of water per flush (gpf). The high efficiency toilet (HET) category has set a standard in North America with 1.28 gallons per flush (gpf). Caroma’s HET’s go even further: The average flush of the toilets in Caroma’s standard collection is 1.06 gpf, while the Smart Series features an industry breaking 0.96 gpf!

Just think. If just one person uses a high efficiency toilet for one year then they will save around 330 gallons of water (based on the average three times a day flush). Further, if your toilet is from the 1980s, when new toilets were regulated to use 3.5 gallons of water per flush, you would save 2,410 gallons per year by switching to a HET toilet!

The numbers simply add up. If five people replaced their old 3.5 gpf toilet, over 12,000 gallons of water or the equivalent of 300 20-minute showers would be saved. One flush does make a difference, but if 2,000 people with new toilets switched to a HET toilet, in one year you would be able to fill an Olympic sized swimming pool with the water saved: 660,430 gallons! If 822 people using the old 3.5 gpf toilets changed to a Caroma HET toilet, we could fill an Olympic pool with the water saved!

Start Saving. Now you can save money and water at the same time with Caroma’s “One Flush Makes a Difference” 50% off promotion.

*Available through participating resellers only.
Excludes Invisi™ Series, Somerton Smart 270, Sydney Smart 305 One-Piece, Cube Ultra, H2 Zero Waterless and Flow Showerheads. Shipping not included. 50% discount is based off of the list price. Promotion runs from February 14, 2011 through June 30, 2011. Offer available to all North American residents (Canada exempt). Coupon must be present at time of purchase.
 

Click here to see Participating Dealers – if you are in Georgia, contact ecoTransitions.

All floor mounted models also qualify for the various toilet rebate programs in the US!

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:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

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..

Where did they come from?

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.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Who’s To Blame For The Great Pacific Garbage Patch? Look In The Mirror. September 2009
1 Like on WordPress.com,

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10 drinking water scams exposed November 2009
1 comment

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Toilet Rebate Programs in the US February 2009
5 comments

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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
2 comments

Cobb water rates to increase 6% | ajc.com

Cobb water rates to increase 6%  | ajc.com.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Beginning in January, Cobb County residents will see a 6 percent increase in their water bills.

Commissioner Bob Ott voted against the water rate increase because of the bad economy.Cobb commissioners approved the increase on Tuesday along with a 4 percent wastewater rate increase. For the average bill payer, using 6,000 gallons of water a month, the rate hike equates to paying $2.37 more for water.

Water rates were originally scheduled to go up 8 percent, but the 6 percent increase is enough to cover distribution system maintenance and fee increases from Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority, the county’s water wholesaler.

In 2008, commissioners approved annual 8 percent water rate increases and 4 percent wastewater increases through 2012. The board is required to vote on the rate changes each year.

Earlier this month the county called for an external audit into millions in questionable loans and money management of the county’s water system. The audit announcement came as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was working on a month-long investigation into the same issues.

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.

U.S. Falling Short Of Its Goals To Improve Access To Clean Water, Sanitation Worldwide, Report Says – Kaiser Global Health

U.S. Falling Short Of Its Goals To Improve Access To Clean Water, Sanitation Worldwide, Report Says – Kaiser Global Health.

Friday, November 19, 2010

The U.S. is falling short on its goal of improving conditions for the 2.6 billion people worldwide without access to clean water and sanitation despite the fact the Water for the Poor Act became law in 2005, according to a report released Thursday by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), WaterAid, CARE and 11 other organization, Food Safety News reports (11/19).

“A lack of strategic planning; inadequate political prioritization of safe water, sanitation and hygiene issues; and limited programming capacity at the United States Agency of International Development (USAID) and the State Department are just some of the reasons the government has fallen behind on the implementation of the law, the groups say,” according to a NRDC press release. In the report, the advocate groups outline several recommendations for the Obama administration to take “immediately” to help “address the global sanitation crisis,” the press release states. The report also urges the U.S. Congress to pass the Water for the World Act, which they argue “can help build the capacity within the government to implement the Water for the Poor Act … and would set a target for reaching 100 million people worldwide with safe water and sanitation,” according to the press release.

“In order to ensure that the U.S. government and U.S. taxpayers are getting the most possible out of this investment, it is crucial that the administration release a real strategy by which its efforts can be judged,” Peter Lochery, director of the Water Team at CARE, said in the press release (11/18).

“Approximately 4,000 children under 5 years old in the developing world die each day from diarrheal diseases. Diarrhea caused by unsafe water and sanitation kills more children under 5 every year than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and measles combined,” Food Safety News reports. The release of the report coincided with World Toilet Day on Friday, Nov. 19 (11/18).

Also reporting on World Toilet Day, IRIN examines the business behind efforts to bring toilets to some of the billions worldwide without them, writing, ” Entrepreneur turned toilet crusader Jack Sim from Singapore wants to turn the toilet into the new gold standard of status in Asia, which would signify ‘making it.'” However, “for this to happen, aid groups, which have long promoted the health and hygiene benefits of safe toilets for the world’s estimated 2.6 billion people who do not have a toilet, need to step aside and let the market take over, said Sim,” according to the news service.

According to the article, the World Toilet Organization (WTO), which Sim founded in 2001, “wants … to mass market toilets (in countries lacking them) through SaniShops ‘social franchises’ which will provide marketing and sales training, branding, and maintenance support,” the news service writes. “Starting in Cambodia, where diarrhoea linked to open defecation kills 11,000 people every year – more than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, combined – Sim wants to ‘tap into people’s dreams rather than fears,'” IRIN writes. “If you tell someone they may die of diarrhoea, it is not much of an incentive to build a toilet. But if toilets become a sign of wealth, jealousy over their neighbours’ latrines will drive them to build their own.”

“With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development, WTO piloted the production and sales of toilets designed by the NGO International Development Enterprises Cambodia … Retailing at US$32, $6 profit goes to the manufacturer and $1 goes to the seller. Villagers have produced and sold 2,000 pour-flush latrines thus far, and WTO wants to create more factories, which cost $400 each to set up” (11/19).

USA Today Examines How Haiti’s Water, Sanitation Issues Exacerbate Cholera Outbreak

Saying that the Haitian government has done little to improve the country’s water and sanitation systems since the Jan. 12 earthquake, aid groups worry the cholera outbreak that struck the country, killing more than 1,100 will only grow worse, USA Today reports. While installing permanent water systems is less expensive than delivering emergency aid, without a plan from the Haitian government, aid groups on the ground continue to deliver emergency supplies, according to Oxfam spokeswoman Julie Schindall.

“The U.N.’s water and sanitation group had planned water and sewer projects to expand the piped water system and move Haitians away from emergency water. They await government approval,” the newspaper writes. Mark Henderson, chief of the UNICEF Water, Sanitation and Hygiene program in Haiti, noting how all attention is focused on stopping the cholera outbreak, suggested the outbreak may eventually lead to increased pressure on the Haitian government to improve water and sanitation conditions.

Even before the earthquake, “more than a third of Haitians lacked access to clean water,” USA Today writes, and now “[l]ess than one-fifth of the population has access to a simple latrine or toilet, Henderson says. … In the Artibonite area, where the cholera epidemic began, most people use the Artibonite River for bathing, drinking and going to the toilet, and do not have access to chlorinated water that could kill the cholera bacteria. Many of Port-au-Prince’s slums have no running water or sewer systems.”

Imogen Wall, spokeswoman for the U.N. Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and Henry Gray, emergency water and sanitation coordinator for Doctors Without Borders, are also quoted in the article (Leiwand, 11/19).

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Looks At Coca-Cola’s Efforts To Conserve Water, Criticisms Company Is Causing Water Problems In Some Regions

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contrasts Coca-Cola’s efforts to conserve water globally and improve their company’s water efficiency to criticisms by some that the volume of water Coca-Cola uses is behind some of the problems facing water stressed regions throughout the world.

“From southern Europe to parts of India and China, Mexico and the U.S., many of Coca-Cola’s territories are facing or could face water stress. According to the United Nations, almost 900 million people worldwide do not have access to clean water. In a decade, two-thirds of the projected population of 8 billion could live in water-stressed areas,” the newspaper writes. The article details an ongoing debate in India over Coca-Cola’s impact on the environment and water conditions, including an argument by some that the company is to blame for exacerbating the water stress in an Indian village.

Still, as the article notes, Coca-Cola has committed to several efforts to improving water usage around the world, including water recycling and educational outreach efforts to farmers. “In addition to its work around freshwater basins, the company has committed to spending $30 million by 2015 to provide access to safe drinking water in Africa. The Replenish Africa Initiative aims to provide at least two million Africans with clean water and sanitation,” the newspaper writes. “According to the World Health Organization, more than 300 million Africans lack access to safe drinking water, and millions die each year from waterborne illnesses. Coca-Cola’s cash will go toward technology such as rainwater harvesting, hand pumps, pipe systems and chlorine treatment systems,” the newspaper writes (McWilliams, 11/18).

 

More handphones than toilets in India

More handphones than toilets in India.

By RAVI NESSMAN

It is easier for India’s poor to acquire cell phones than gain access to proper toilets.

THE Mumbai slum of Rafiq Nagar has no clean water for its shacks made of ripped tarp and bamboo. No garbage pickup along the rocky, pocked earth that serves as a road. No power except from haphazard cables strung overhead illegally.

And not a single toilet or latrine for its 10,000 people.

Yet nearly every destitute family in the slum has a cell phone.

Outhouse: A boy making his way to a latrine outside his makeshift home at a slum in Mumbai, India. According to the United Nations, more Indians have cell phones than access to a toilet.

India is a country where more people have cell phones than access to a toilet, according to the United Nations. It is a country buoyed by a vibrant business world of call centres and software developers, but hamstrung by a bloated government that has failed to deliver the barest of services.

Its estimated growth rate of 8.5% a year is among the highest in the world, but its roads are crumbling.

It offers cheap, world-class medical care to Western tourists at private hospitals, yet has some of the worst child mortality and maternal death rates outside sub-Saharan Africa.

And while tens of millions have benefited from India’s rise, many more remain mired in some of the worst poverty in the world.

Businessman Mukesh Ambani, the world’s fourth-richest person, is just finishing off a new US$1bil (RM3.08bil) skyscraper-house in Mumbai with 27 floors and three helipads, touted as the most expensive home on Earth. Yet farmers still live in shacks of mud and cow dung.

The cell phone frenzy bridges all worlds. Cell phones are sold amid the Calvin Klein and Clinique stores under the soaring atriums of India’s new malls, and in the crowded markets of its working-class neighbourhoods. Bare shops in the slums sell pre-paid cards next to packets of chewing tobacco, while street hawkers peddle car chargers at traffic lights.

Engrossed: Children watching television in their home in the Rafiq Nagar slum. While millions have benefited from India’s rise, many more remain mired in some of the worst poverty in the world.

The spartan Beecham’s in New Delhi’s Connaught Place, one of the country’s seemingly ubiquitous mobile phone dealers, is overrun with lunchtime customers of all classes looking for everything from a 35,000 rupee (RM2,435) Blackberry Torch to a basic 1,150 rupee (RM80) Nokia.

There were more than 670 million cell phone connections in India by the end of August, a number that has been growing by close to 20 million a month, according to government figures.

Yet UN figures show that only 366 million Indians have access to a private toilet or latrine, leaving 665 million to defecate in the open.

Basic needs

“At least tap water and sewage disposal – how can we talk about any development without these two fundamental things? How can we talk about development without health and education?” says Anita Patil-Deshmukhl, executive director of PUKAR, an organisation that conducts research and outreach in the slums of Mumbai.

India’s leaders say they are sympathetic to the problem. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, an economist credited with unleashing India’s private sector by loosening government regulation, talks about growth that benefits the masses of poor people as well as a burgeoning middle class of about 300 million.

Sonia Gandhi, chief of the ruling Congress Party, has pushed laws guaranteeing a right to food and education, as well as a gargantuan rural jobs programme for nearly 100 million people. But as many as 800 million Indians still live on less than US$2 (RM6.20) a day, even as Mumbai’s stock exchange sits near record highs.

Many fear the situation is unsustainable.

“Everybody understands the threat. Everybody recognises that there is a gap, that this could be the thing that trips up this country,” says Anand Mahindra, vice chairman and managing director of the Mahindra & Mahindra manufacturing company.

Private companies have tried to fill that gap, and Tata sells a 749 rupee (RM52) water purifier for the poor. Mafias provide water and electricity to slum dwellers at a cost far higher than what wealthy Indians pay for basic services.

“For every little thing, we have to pay,” says Nusrat Khan, a 35-year-old maid and single parent who raises her four children on less than 3,000 rupees (RM209) a month and blames the government for her lack of access to water and a toilet.

The government is spending US$350mil (RM1.078bil) a year to build toilets in rural areas. Bindeshwar Pathak, the founder of the Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reform Movement, estimates the country needs about 120 million more latrines – likely the largest sanitation project in world history.

A boy talking on a cell phone in Mumbai’s Rafiq Nagar slum. (Pic right) Salim, a migrant labourer, making a phone call outside his makeshift home. The cell phone frenzy bridges all classes in India.

“Those in power, only they can change the situation,” says Pathak, who claims to have helped build a million low-cost latrines across India over the past 40 years.

Makeshift latrines

In the slums of Mumbai, home to more than half the city’s population of 14 million, the yearning for toilets is so great that enterprising residents have built makeshift outhouses on their own.

In Annabhau Sathe Nagar, a raised latrine of corrugated tin empties into a river of sewage that children splash in and adults wade across. The slum in east Mumbai has about 50,000 residents and a single toilet building, with 10 pay toilets for men and eight for women – two of which are broken.

With the wait for those toilets up to an hour even at 5am, and the two-rupee (14sen) fee too expensive for many, most people either use a field or wait to use the toilets at work, says Santosh Thorat, 32, a community organiser.

Conditions are far worse in Rafiq Nagar, a crowded, 15-year-old slum on the lip of a 44-hectare garbage dump.

Most of the slum dwellers are scavengers who sort through heaps of trash for scraps of plastic, glass, metal, even bones, anything they can sell to recyclers for cash. A pungent brew of ripe garbage and sewage blows through the trash-strewn streets, as choking smoke from wood fires rolls out the doorways of windowless huts. Children, half clothed in rags, play hopscotch next to a mysterious grey liquid that has gathered in stagnant puddles weeks after the last rainfall.

Just beside the shacks, men and women defecate in separate areas behind rolling hills of green foliage that have sprung up over the garbage. Children run through those hills, flying kites.

Khatija Sheikh, 20, splurges to use a pay toilet in another neighbourhood 10 minutes away, but is never sure what condition it will be in.

“Sometimes it’s clean, sometimes it’s dirty. It’s totally dependent on the owner’s mood,” says Khatija, whose two young children use the street. Her home is less than 2m from an elevated outhouse built by a neighbour that drops sewage next to her walls.

Since there are no water pipes or wells here, residents are forced to rely on the water mafia for water for cooking, washing clothes, bathing and drinking. The neighbourhood is rife with skin infections, tuberculosis and other ailments.

A large blue barrel outside a home is filled with murky brown water, tiny white worms and an aluminium drinking cup. To fill up two jerry cans costs between 40 rupees (RM2.80) and 50 rupees (RM3.50) a day, about one-third of the average family’s earnings here.

“If the government would give us water, we would pay that money to the government,” said Suresh Pache, 41, a motorised rickshaw driver.

Instead, it has issued demolition notices throughout the slum, which sits illegally on government land.

Yet the world of technology has embraced the slum dwellers with its cheap cell phones and cut-rate calling plans that charge a sliver of a penny a minute.

Pache bought his first phone for 1,400 rupees (RM97.50) four months ago. Since then, his wife, a ragpicker, found two other broken models as she scoured the garbage dump, and he paid to have them repaired.

He speaks with fluency about the different plans offered by Tata, Reliance and Idea that cost him a total of 300 rupees (RM20.90) a month. Now, when his rickshaw breaks down, he can alert his wife with a call. She uses her phone to tell the recyclers where she is in the dump so they can drive out to her, saving her the time and effort of dragging her bag of scraps to them.

Mohan Singh, a 58-year-old bicycle repairman, says his son uses their 2,000 rupee (RM139) Orpat phone to play music and talk to relatives.

Santosh Thorat, the community organiser, shows photographs of his neighbourhood and videos of a pre-school he started on his Nokia cameraphone, while his second phone rings in his pocket.

Sushila Paten, who teaches at the pre-school, organises a phone chain with her Samsung to instantly mobilise hundreds of people in the streets when violent thugs show up demanding “rent” from the squatters.

In fact, the spread of cell phones may end up bringing toilets.

R. Gopalakrishnan, executive director of Tata Sons, one of India’s most revered companies, says the rising aspirations of the poor, buttressed by their growing access to communications and information, will put tremendous pressure on the government to start delivering.

People already are starting to challenge local officials who for generations answered to no one, he says.

“I think there are very, very dramatic changes happening,” he says. – AP

GA Wins One Battle in Water Wars over Lake Lanier

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Posted By –  The Associated Press 

Last Updated On:  7/22/2010 12:11:53 PM

 

ATLANTA — A federal judge has rejected demands from Florida that more water be released from Lake Lanier, Metro Atlanta’s main source for drinking water.

U.S. District Court Judge Paul Magnuson on Wednesday rejected Florida’s request that more water be released from the lake to help endangered or threatened species in the Apalachicola and other rivers. Those species are the Gulf sturgeon, fat threeridge mussel and the purple bankclimber mussel.

“Judge Magnuson’s rejection of Florida’s efforts to seek a judicial decree for higher downstream flows that were not supported by science or the law is a major victory for Georgia,” Governor Sonny Perdue said in a statement Thursday. “Any kind of higher guaranteed flow for Florida would have put a strain on Georgia communities up and down the Chattahoochee River. We always felt the use of the Endangered Species Act was just a ruse to try and wring more water out of Georgia. Judge Magnuson recognized that and issued a common-sense ruling that allows the three states to continue meaningful talks.”

Judge Magnuson has threatened to severely restrict Metro Atlanta’s use of the reservoir by 2012 unless leaders in Georgia, Alabama and Florida can strike a deal.

“With this ruling in hand, it is time for the three governors to come back together at the negotiating table and continue our ongoing efforts to finally reach a water-sharing agreement that benefits all three states,” Perdue said. “We stand ready and willing to engage at the earliest opportunity possible.”

Magnuson earlier ruled that Atlanta has little legal right to drinking water from Lake Lanier.

International Code Council World Toilet Summit

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International Code Council World Toilet Summit 

The first ever U.S. International Code Council World Toilet Summit

Hosted by the American Society of Plumbing Engineers
Convention and Engineered Plumbing Exposition
October 30 – November 3, 2010
Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia

Learn about

  • This virtually untapped sanitation market
  • The best ways to reach 2.6 billion potential customers
  • That most of this massive consumer base have dispensable incomes
  • How you can help save lives while generating huge profits

The World Toilet Summit has always attracted key global leaders in the sanitation and water arena. But never before has this outstanding event that focuses on innovations and business opportunities in this life-critical area taken place in the United States…until now.

Two-for-One Event

The International Code Council is proud to partner with the World Toilet Organization on this landmark global event that is being hosted by ASPE during their Convention and Engineered Plumbing Exposition (EPE). With seven combined ASPE and ICC WTS tracks, over 300 exhibitors, and multiple networking and social events, this first ever U.S. ICC WTS and ASPE Convention offers two conferences for the price of one.

Schedule of Activities

Saturday, October 30

  • ASPE will hold member meetings and other member-centric activities

Sunday, October 31

  • Convention Opening Welcome Party begins at 7pm at the National Constitution Center

Monday, November 1

  • International Breakfast – 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
  • International Code Council overview – 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
  • Engineered Plumbing Exposition – 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Exhibitor hospitality receptions – begin at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 2

  • WTS & ASPE sessions – 8:30 – 11:15 a.m.
  • Engineered Plumbing Exposition continues – 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • WTS & ASPE sessions continue – 3:45 – 5:00 p.m.
  • ASPE & ICC WTS Banquet begins at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 3

  • WTS & ASPE sessions – 8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
  • Key WTS topic discussion and demonstration (specific topic TBD)

Profit While Helping Others

The global sanitation crisis takes the life of a child every 15 seconds. Nearly 40% of the world’s population has no access to proper sanitation. This marketplace of 2.6 billion potential sanitation consumers need the help of plumbing professionals to eradicate these horrific statistics.

While altruism is wonderful, there are also huge profits to be made for those who engage in developing and delivering sanitation products and services to the developing world. It is a startling, but true fact that the poor have been buying more hand phones than toilets, which is causing the developed world to realize that there is a tremendous market for goods and services at the bottom of the economic pyramid. The purchasing power of the poor has been increasing with the availability of improved access to financing, as well as better market data that results in fairer prices for products.

This not-to-be-missed conference will give you everything you need to know to start capturing a share of the international sanitation market while helping to improve conditions for the 40% of the world’s population who have no access to proper sanitation.

Click on the links in the menu of choices on the right side of the page for more conference details.

Click here to learn more about the World Toilet Organization (WTO) and their efforts to provide toilets and safe sanitation worldwide.

To learn more, contact the ICC’s PMG Resource Center at 1-888

City faces 4-million fine if water use exceeds expectations

Metropolitan Water District, the regional water supplier, will tally up Thousand Oaks’ water use to see if consumption was 15 percent less than the year before. If not, a $4-million fine will be imposed on the city’s water company.

City faces 4-million fine if water use exceeds expectations.

City of Raleigh, NC WaterSense toilet replacement rebate program

Source: http://www.raleighnc.gov/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_306_202_0_43/http;/pt03/DIG_Web_Content/category/Resident/Water_and_Wastewater/Cat-1C-2009513-144902-WaterSense_Toilet_Replac.html

Stop flushing money down the toilet! Toilets can use up to 30 % of indoor domestic water usage; older toilets can even use up to seven gallons in one flush!

PROGRAM DATES: APRIL 4, 2009 – UNTIL FUNDS ARE EXHAUSTED

The City of Raleigh is now offering WaterSense toilet rebates to ALL water customers of the following municipalities: Raleigh, Wendell, Garner, Rolesville, Knightdale, Zebulon, and Wake Forest. Toilet rebates up to $100, to cover the cost of each toilet, will be given for retrofitting an old toilet with an EPA WaterSense labeled toilets; installation fees will not be covered. WaterSense toilets are independently certified to be:

  • High Efficiency Toilets (HETs) using 20 percent less than the current federal standard of 1.6 gallons/flush
  • and of High performance quality

To qualify, applicants must: 

  1. Be a residential or non-residential (commercial, industrial or institutional) customer of the following municipalities: Raleigh, Wendell, Garner, Rolesville, Knightdale, Zebulon, or Wake Forest 
  2. Be current in their bill and not owing past due fees.
  3. Record the measurements of their old toilet’s tank; these must be included in the application. Details are given in subsequent sections.
  4. Replace an old toilet, of 1.6 gallons or higher flush volume, with an EPA WaterSense labeled toilet. New toilet installations are not covered in this rebate nor are replacements for current WaterSense toilets.
  5. Include the original receipt(s) for the toilet(s) dated on or after April 4, 2009.
  6. Agree to a post-installation inspection to verify the toilet’s eligibility. Details are given in subsequent sections.

* Rebate amount is determined by the cost of the toilet, tax included, with a maximum rebate of $100 per toilet. Installation fees are not eligible to be included for rebates. Rebates will be given as checks and not as credit on the water bill unless the water accounts are not current; then the rebate may be denied or given as a credit towards the water account.
Old Toilet Information

For verification of eligibility, and statistical and monitoring purposes, each applicant is required to provide the measurements of the old toilet’s tank.

THE FOLLOWING MEASUREMENTS MUST BE RECORDED ON THE APPLICATION!

Lift the tank lid and take three measurements, in inches, from inside the tank:

A. Depth of the Water Level (from the bottom of the tank to the water line)

B. Length (inside the tank, left to right)

C. Width (inside the tank,  front to back)

To determine how many gallons per flush (GPF) your toilet uses, multiply the three measurements together and divide by 231.

If you currently have a water-displacing item within your tank, measure the water level with the item in place and make a note of having a water displacer in the comment section of the rebate application.
GPF = (Length x Width x Water Depth)/231

Purchasing A WaterSense Toilet

WaterSense toilets come in many colors, heights, varieties and styles including: gravity flush, dual-flush, flapperless, pressure assisted flush and more!
Toilets are either sold as a one-piece toilet or a two-piece (tank and bowl); only the EPA combinations listed qualify for the WaterSense label. A list of qualifying toilets, along with more information about the WaterSense program, is located at http://epa.gov/watersense/pp/find_het.htm; this list is updated periodically so stay tuned for new toilets!
Remember to look for the WaterSense logo, pictured above, to ensure you are purchasing a toilet that qualifies for the City’s rebate program. WaterSense toilets are available at many are retailers including our Program supporters.

What Application Will I Need?

Is the applicant …

1. Both the home owner and water account holder?

  YES = HOME OWNER APPLICATION

  NO, I rent or the water account is in the HOA’s name = OWNER-RENTER-HOA APPLICATION

2. Business owner/manager?

  YES = BUSINESS APPLICATION

3. Plumber who provided a direct rebate for the water account holder?

  YES = PLUMBER APPLICATION

4. Property Manager?

  YES = PLEASE CONTACT PUBLIC UTILITIES FOR A CUSTOM APPLICATION!

If there is any confusion about your eligibility, please contact the Public Utilities Department at (919) 857.4540.

Verification of Installation

The City of Raleigh reserves the right to inspect the installation of WaterSense labeled toilet(s) submitted for this rebate program. If the installation is provided by a licensed plumber, this inspection may not be necessary; however, THE APPLICANT MUST INCLUDE A COPY OF THE RECEIPT FROM THE LICENSED PLUMBER containing the following information:

  • Plumber’s contact details
  • Company name
  • NC license number
  • Installation date & location
  • Toilet’s brand and model numbers (must match the those on the application)

 

Disposal
All applicants must dispose of their old toilets properly. Toilets, from Raleigh residences, may be picked up for free as part of the City’s Bulky Load Pick-Up. For more information, call (919) 996-6890 or visit: www.raleighnc.gov/bulky. Leaving the old toilet at the curb without calling for a Bulky Load Pick-up may result in a fine by the City. Applicants not eligible for this service will need to make other disposal arrangements.

Approval
Rebate checks, and not credits, will be disbursed to approved applicants.
These will be mailed to the address listed on the rebate application. Once an application has been approved, please allow 45 business days for the rebate check to be disbursed. Due to staff and resource constraints, not all applicants will be informed when their application is received or approved. Applicants will be notified when their application is unsuccessful or incomplete.

Program Duration
The program commenced April 7, 2009 and will be offered for one year or until rebate funds are spent. Program is subject to change or terminate at any time without prior notice. PENDING APPLICATIONS PROCESSED FOR THE REBATE PROGRAM AT THE TIME FUNDS ARE EXHAUSTED WILL BE DENIED AND THE APPLICANT WILL NOT BE ENTITLED TO REIMBURSEMENT.

Warranties And Representations
THE CITY OF RALEIGH MAKES NO WARRANTIES OR REPRESENTATIONS THAT THE EPA’s WaterSense LABELED TOILETS SELECTED BY THE APPLICANT WILL PERFORM AS REPRESENTED BY ITS MANUFACTURER OR SELLER. THE CITY OF RALEIGH IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WORK OF THE INSTALLER, WHETHER A LICENSED PLUMBER OR OTHERWISE.

Documentation & Consents
THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION MUST BE SENT VIA FIRST CLASS MAIL:

1. Receipts: Applications without receipts will not be processed.
2. Written Consent: MAY BE REQUIRED when the applicant is:

  • Not the water account holder
  • A (residential or non) renter/tenant and not the owner
  • Licensed plumber who is not the water account holder

 

Checklist

  1. Ensure accounts remain current.
  2. Obtain required consents.
  3. Record old toilet measurements.
  4. Purchase a WaterSense toilet(s).
  5. Complete the rebate application.
  6. Attach original/itemized receipt.
  7. Mail documents to Toilet Rebate Program address. APPLICANTS MUST COMPLETE ALL DETAILS ON THE APPLICATION AND MAIL IT AND THE ORIGINAL-DATED RECEIPT(S) TO:
    City of Raleigh
    c/o Toilet Rebate Program
    One Exchange Plaza, Suite 620
    Raleigh, NC 27601

Program Supporters
WaterSense toilets are now available at our local program supporters: Home DepotFerguson Bath, Lighting and Kitchen GalleryCarolina Decorative Plumbing and Streamline Plumbing & Electric.

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City of Sacramento, CA offers Rebate for Washing Mashines and High Efficiency Toilets

Source
http://www.msa2.saccounty.net/dwr/scwa/Documents/Media%20Room/Newsletter/WaterSpouts%20Spring%202010.pdf

High Efficiency Toilet Rebate

Rebates for High Efficiency Toilets (HET) are worth up to $175 for residential and $200 for commercial customers.
You must have a toilet flushing 3.5 gallons or greater to qualify. Homes and businesses built before 1992 that have original toilets would qualify.
Details here
http://www.msa2.saccounty.net/dwr/scwa/Documents/Media%20Room/Newsletter/WaterSpouts%20Spring%202010.pdf

Receive 50% off MSRP on any Caroma toilet during the month of April

Start Saving. With one flush we can make a difference and save the most precious resource on earth! See below to learn more about how One Flush Can Make a Difference!

Please fill out this form to receive 50% off the MSRP of all Caroma toilets. There are no limits on the number of Caroma toilets you can purchase with this discount. Additional shipping charges may apply.

This promotion will run through the month of April in observance of Earth Day!

Can One Flush Make a Difference?

Absolutely! In the United States federal law requires that new toilets must not exceed 1.6 gallons of water per flush (gpf).The high efficiency toilet (HET) category has set a standard in North America with 1.28 gallons per flush (gpf). Caroma’s HET’s go even further: The average flush of the toilets in Caroma’s standard collection is 1.06 gpf, while the Smart Series features an industry breaking .96 gpf!

Just think. If just one person uses a high efficiency toilet for one year then they will save around 330 gallons of water (based on the average three times a day flush). Further, if your toilet is from the 1980s, when new toilets were regulated to use 3.5 gallons of water per flush, you would save 2,410 gallons per year by switching to a HET toilet! One flush CAN make a difference.

The numbers simply add up. If five people replaced their old 3.5 gpf toilet, over 12,000 gallons of water or the equivalent of 300, 20 minute showers would be saved. One flush does make a difference, but if 2,000 people with new toilets switched to a HET toilet, in one year you would be able to fill an Olympic sized swimming pool with the water saved: 660,430 gallons! If 822 people using the old 3.5 gpf toilets changed to a Caroma HET toilet, we could fill an Olympic pool with the water saved!