Toilet rebate program in Williams Lake, BC

The City of Williams Lake is pleased to announce the tremendous success of the Toilet Rebate Incentive Program

read full article in the Williams Lake Tribune here

more information about the rebate can be found here

Tuscon, AZ toilet rebate info

Toilet rebate Everett, WA

The WaterSmart Toilet Program provides rebates of up to $100 per toilet to homeowners who replace old waterguzzling toilets with new high‐efficiency toilets that bear the EPA WaterSense label. This offer is valid for toilets purchased and installed in Snohomish County between April 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010. Program funds are limited and rebates are available on a first‐come, first‐serve basis. This offers ends December 31, 2010 or when funds are exhausted. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for your rebate.When searching for ways to conserve water and cut your monthly expenses, the purchase and installation of a toilet certified by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to meet WaterSense criteria, is a good choice. Depending on the model selected and installed, many models pay for themselves in the first or second year of ownership.

The average household in the United States spends as much as $500 per year on its water and sewer bill. By making just a few simple changes to use water more efficiently, you could save about $170 per year.

 Find the application form here

Lack of money for rebates halts Inland distribution of water-saving toilets


The Press-Enterprise

Western Municipal Water District’s participation in a program that this week will finish delivering 1,500 water-saving toilets at no cost to Riverside County homes, hotels and commercial buildings is in limbo because of doubt about whether Western will receive promised rebates.

In the past three months, the Mission Inn, UC Riverside and March Air Reserve Base received a total of 1,000 of the toilets, and 500 went to Corona, mostly to multifamily residences such as apartments.

One low-flow toilet will save about 2 gallons per flush or 4,800 gallons a year, according to Clay Monroe, water conservation coordinator with Riverside Public Utilities.

But the program was suspended because of the uncertainty of reimbursement from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, said Tim Barr. He’s the water use efficiency manager for Western, which covers 527 square miles serving 853,000 people in the Jurupa Valley, Corona, Norco, Riverside, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake and Temecula. Besides Riverside, the city of Corona also worked closely with Barr to promote the project.

Metropolitan’s blanket program, “SoCal Water$mart” was designed as a conservation incentive for the 26 cities and agencies that buy its water in six counties for 19 million people. Rebates on high-efficiency toilets and other equipment had been available to residents of areas that receive MWD water, including Eastern and Western municipal water districts in Riverside County and Inland Empire Utilities Agency in western San Bernardino County.

Barr said Western drew up its own marketing campaign touting low-flow toilets.

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Michael Franchek, vice president of sales and marketing with Ecogreen Services, removes a 3.5-gallon toilet from an apartment in Riverside.


Eastern installed 8,000 of the low-flow toilets this last fiscal year. The agency has shelved requests for another 1,500 until Metropolitan resolves its budget problems. Perris-based Eastern serves an area from Moreno Valley south to Temecula and east to Hemet and San Jacinto.

The Inland Empire Utilities Agency installed 4,256 low-flow toilets this last fiscal year. Chino-based Inland serves the cities of Chino, Chino Hills, Fontana, Montclair, Ontario, and Upland as well as the Cucamonga Valley and Monte Vista Water Districts and the Water Facilities Authority.

Initially, Metropolitan agreed to pitch in anywhere from $50 to $100 per toilet; Western would pick up the rest of the cost from its rate payers. But because Metropolitan didn’t have the money to cover the overwhelming demand for rebates, Western could be on the hook for anywhere from $65 to $110 per toilet, Barr said. “So Metropolitan is suspending its commercial program from three to six months until after an audit and they figure out how to go forward,” Barr said.

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Low-flow toilets save about 2 gallons per flush, or 4,800 gallons a year, conservation experts say.

MWD’s regional rebate program is $24 million in the hole. The program started with $20 million, which doubled last February. Those resources dried up in May and the board turned off the spending tap until an audit is complete. A report is expected at the next board meeting, July 14.

The San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, the regional equivalent of Metropolitan, serving 700,000 water users over 350 square miles, might offer a similar water conservation program, according to Douglass Headrick, deputy general manager. “We’re watching to see how this will play out with Metropolitan,” he said.


Meanwhile, Western’s program is winding down this week with toilet installations concluding in the Sandra Apartments on 7th Street in Riverside, said contractor Michael Franchek.

His Encinitas-based company, Ecogreen Services, contracted with Western Municipal in April to install 1,500 toilets at $165 apiece. Since April, Franchek has placed 80 percent of the new toilets in multi-family residences and the rest in hotels and commercial buildings.

Low-flow toilets look no different from their predecessors and cost about the same, according to Franchek.

“They flow a lot less because of their intelligent design,” he said.

The old fixtures use 3.5 gallons per flush while their replacements use less than 1.3 gallons per flush. Recyclers grind up the put-out-to-pasture toilets which are used as construction aggregate.

Russ Kitchen, director of the Mission Inn’s property operations, said he’s pleased with the 80 new low-flows, the latest in the hotel’s efforts to go green.

“We’re always looking for ways to conserve our natural resources,” he said. Management has retrofitted its cooling center to use less energy and replaced most lighting with fluorescent bulbs.

Reach Laurie Lucas at 951-368-9569 or


Take shorter showers

Turn off the faucet when brushing teeth

Water your lawn only when it needs it

Use a broom to clean driveways and sidewalks

Adjust sprinklers so they don’t water driveways and sidewalks

Wash only full loads of laundry

Run dishwasher only when full

Fix leaky faucets and toilets

Use a shut-off nozzle on your hose

Plant drought-resistant trees and plants

Source: Western Municipal Water District



Saving water in times of drought

Saving water in times of drought

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Buy a Dual Flush toilet in Manitoba on Saturday, Feb 21 and get a $50 rebate


This Saturday, Manitobans can help reduce the bucks they’re flushing down the drain and walk away with some extra cash in their wallets.

On Feb. 21, those purchasing high-efficiency, dual-flush toilets from participating retailers will be offered an instant rebate of $50. The rebate is part of the province’s WaterSmart Manitoba initiative.

Water Stewardship Minister Christine Melnick said she hopes the initiative can help the province save at least 80 million litres of water every year and reduce water bills by a collective $2 million.

“It’s clear that all Manitobans want to do their bit to leave a legacy of abundant, clean water to the next generation,” Melnick said. “The WaterSmart program rewards Manitobans who reduce their water consumption.”

Dual flush toilets allow users to select the volume of water for a flush, typically about six litres for solid waste and three to four litres for liquid.

Single-flush toilets typically now range from six to 13 litres per flush. Dual-flush models retail for as little as $125.


“People are becoming more aware of the water they use and also the fact that by installing one of these toilets you can significantly reduce the amount of water that you are using,” said Tara Turnbull, showroom manager at Kitchen & Bath Classics on St. Matthews Avenue just east of Empress Street.

The store will have three dual flush toilet models that qualify for Saturday’s rebate.

Two toilets per person can be purchased under the rebate plan Saturday.

To locate participating retailers, consumers can consult the website


Source: Winnipeg Sun

Toilet Rebate Programs in the US

More and more cities and municipalities are offering a rebate for the replacement of old, inefficient toilets with Low Flow or High Efficiency Toilets (HET) using 1.6 gallons or less per flush. I compiled this list to make it easier for you to find out if your city, county or water authority is participating in a rebate program. Please note that links to most authorities are included. I will try to keep adding more as they become available. If you know about programs I have not listed, please comment so I can add them.











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