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.

Arizona

 California

 Colorado

 Florida

 Georgia

Hawaii

Massachusetts

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Missouri

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North Carolina

 Oregon 

 South Dakota

 Texas

 Virginia

 Washington

Wisconsin

Welcome Eddie!

I was very happy to hear today that Eddie Wilcut, former Water Conservation Manager for the City of San Antonio has joined the Caroma USA team as their new National Water Conservation Manager. This appointment reinforces Caroma’s continued commitment to Water conservation in North America. Please see a recent Press release, published by Caroma below:

HILLSBORO, OREGON – February 2, 2009 – Caroma, a leader in dual flush toilets and stylish bathroom sinks, today announced the appointment of Eddie Wilcut as National Water Conservation Manager. Wilcut will report to Caroma North American General Manager Derek Kirkpatrick.

Wilcut’s responsibilities in this new position for Caroma North America include developing water conservation programs and assisting the efforts of local representatives and master distributors in delivering successful results with local water authorities, governments, etc. He will also be focusing on industry-specific sectors, such as hotels and educational institutions, to educate on water conservation and how programs can be implemented to conserve water resources.
Wilcut brings more than 10 years of water conservation background to Caroma. Since 1998, he has worked at San Antonio Water System (SAWS) as a Commercial Planner and most recently as Conservation Manager. During his tenure at SAWS, Wilcut oversaw all residential, commercial, and institutional conservation programs aimed at reducing indoor water consumption. Additionally, he worked with businesses and industries to develop new and innovative programs that have been used as models for other conservation programs across the country.
Wilcut has published more than two dozen articles on water conservation, including topics such as cooling tower efficiency, rainwater harvesting, and institutional conservation program development. He has a Masters of Applied Geography degree in Resource and Environmental Studies and Bachelors of Applied Arts degree, both from Texas State University.

“We are very pleased to have Eddie joining the Caroma team,” states Derek Kirkpatrick. “He has considerable experience in educating the public on water-conserving technologies and products. With his strong background and initiative, he will be a great asset to expanding Caroma’s presence in North America.”

About Caroma

Since 1941, Caroma has been a world leader in quality and innovation of bathroom products, continually providing reliable, high efficiency toilet suites and sinks. With 41 WaterSense labeled toilets – more than any company in the industry – and complimentary, stylish sinks, Caroma offers award-winning products that help preserve the world’s most valuable resource – water. Combining quality, water-conserving products with superior customer service, Caroma has been chosen by businesses and households worldwide for exceptional performance and stylish design. The company can be contacted by phone at 1 800 605 4218, via email at info@caromausa.com, or on the Web at www.caromausa.com. 

 

 

King of the Hill – Flush with power!

Watch this episode of King of the Hill and see why you should opt for Caroma Dual Flush toilets! The Sydney 270 Easy Height Elongated is rated to flush 1000 grams (that is 2.2 lbs) of solid waste with one single flush, PLUS, with a 3.5″ trapway, our toilets won’t clog! Visit our YouTube site to watch how we flush potatoes with 0.8 gallons of water! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESOwyMAf-mk

http://www.casttv.com/shows/king-of-the-hill/flush-with-power/zse2g71

Toilet Rebate Incentive Program in Madison, WI

Source NBC15.com

Press Release from the City of Madison:

Madison–The Madison Water Utility has begun offering rebates of up to $100 as an incentive for residential customers to replace their older toilets with EPA WaterSense-labeled High Efficiency Toilet (HET) models. The program is part of the utility’s Water Conservation and Sustainability Plan to reduce per capita water usage 20 percent by the year 2020, with the goal of protecting the quality and quantity of the deep-well aquifer that supplies the Madison area.

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission approved funding the rebate program through water rates, allocating $250,000 for $100 rebates to individual customers who replace older toilets. The EPA’s WaterSense program is part of that agency’s mission to protect drinking water resources, and it is similar in approach to Energy Star labeling for electric appliances.

“Although this program is the first of its type in Wisconsin,” Water Utility General Manager Tom Heikkinen said, “many other jurisdictions throughout the U.S. have implemented similar conservation incentives. Toilets are the largest users of water in the home, so this is the logical place to encourage water efficiency.”

Plan details:look for watersense label
Toilets eligible for the rebate must be HETs (which use an average of 1.28 gallons per flush) and must be on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense list. Any toilet that meets the criteria and is purchased after January 1, 2009, will be eligible.

To apply for the rebate, customers must submit the original, dated sales receipt for the toilet showing the manufacturer’s model name and number and the completed application form–which can be found on the utility’s website http://www.madisonwater.org–or by stopping at the utility offices at 119 East Olin Avenue. Rebate checks will be mailed approximately 2 to 3 weeks after receipt of the application.

Participants in the program must be residential customers of the Madison Water Utility, who live in single-family homes, condos, or apartments in buildings no larger than four units. Rebates are for replacement of existing larger-capacity toilets, and are not for new construction. Rebates are first-come, first-served until funding is exhausted, and are limited to one per household. Additional details can be found on the utility website or by calling the Madison Water Utility at 608:266-9129.

Caroma manufactures High Efficiency Dual Flush toilets that qualify for the $100 rebate. To find out why these toilets are simply the best in my opinion, please view this YouTube video

Another great video to see why these toilets don’t clog

Caroma is an Australian company and the world leader in water conservation products for the bathroom. Since Australia is the second driest continent on the planet after Antarctica, its inhabitants were forced to get creative about water conservation in the bathroom. In 1984, after winning a grant from the Australian Government, Caroma set the standard in its industry by successfully introducing two button dual flush toilets.

The strength ancaravelle-one-piece-side-viewd success of Caroma has been built on the foundations of innovation, water conservation and quality.

Caroma manufactures a complete range of some of the most elegant and technologically advanced bathroom products in the world. Caroma is considered the world leader in dual flush technology and does not produce a single toilet line without this important technology.

Today, the world is recognizing the necessity of resource conservation and looking to Caroma for answers.

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To view the full product line available in the US, please visit http://www.caromausa.com

Save Water, Save A Buck

About Save Water, Save A Buck

Save Water, Save a Buck is a rebate program in Southern California that offers cash rebates on a wide variety of water-saving technologies. Devices available for rebates include High-Efficiency and Ultra Low Flush Toilets, High-Efficiency and Zero Water Urinals, food services equipment such as Pre-Rinse Spray Heads and Connectionless Food Steamers, HVAC equipment such as Cooling Tower and pH Conductivity Controllers, cleaning equipment such as High-Efficiency Clothes Washers and Pressurized Waterbrooms and medical equipment like X-Ray Film Processor Recirculation Systems, Steam Sterilizer Retrofits and Dry-Vacuum Pumps.

Through MWD’s Save Water, Save A Buck Program, Southern California businesses are eligible for generous rebates to help encourage water efficiency and conservation.

The program also offers rebates on outdoor landscaping equipment such as weather based “smart” irrigation controllers, rotating spray nozzle retrofits for pop-up spray heads, high efficiency nozzle retrofits for large rotary sprinklers and synthetic turf.

As the drought is worsening and the water levels at Lake Lanier declining, it may be time for a program like Save Water, Save a Buck ibaby treefrog born in our back yardn Georgia. Not only will we save millions of gallons of drinking water and money each day, we will also help our economy. Plumbers will have work, Manufacturers will start hiring again and we will feel good about doing something ” kind” to our world in these tough times. Please read the Mission Statement as well as a lot more interesting information about Water efficiency and Water Recycling here.

As a Small Business, but nevertheless largest Supplier for Caroma Dual Flush toilets in Georgia, I am a proud to notice that the list of eligible High Efficiency Toilets (HET’s)  includes the follwing models

  1. 46 manufactured by Caroma Industries
  2. 20 made by Toto
  3. 19 made by Crane
  4. 17 made by American Standard
  5. 12 mady by Kohler
  6. 11 made by Mansfield
  7. 9 made by Zurn

and several made by various manufactures such as Aquasource, Briggs, Cascadian, Foremost, Gerber, Glacier Bay, Greentide, Jacuzzi, Niagara, OPS, Pegasus (a Home Depot brand), Proflow (a Ferguson brand), Quality Craft, Seasons (a HD Supply brand), Sterling (a Kohler company), Tangshan Ayers Bath, Tynan, Vitra, Vortens and Wateridge.

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Furthering an ongoing commitment to products that conserve water, Caroma has recently introduced the H2Zero™ Waterless Urinal in the US. The vitreous china urinal incorporates unique cartridge technology that operates with zero water for optimum performance and water conservation. Another model, the Leda urinal uses only 0.48 gallons per flush while the Cube 3 Ultra uses a remarkable 0.15 gallons per flush, or a mere pint of water. Thanks to its innovative design and technology, the Cube 3 Ultra was named one of the Top 10 green building products of 2007 by GreenSpec.

All eligible toilets are included on the list of WaterSense labeled High Efficiency toilets, which is updated regularly on EPA’s WaterSense program site. Since I became a WaterSense partner in Georgia beginning of 2008, the list of Watersense labeled toilets grew from 115 models on 11/29/07 to 249 models on 12/15/08.

Find out more about Caroma toilets at ttp://www.caromausa.com or http://www.ecoTransitions.com. To see why they work so well, please visit us on YouTube.

Caroma donates Dual Flush toilets to Greensburg, Kansas

Caroma, the leader in dual flush toilets, urinals, and stylish bathroom sinks, is pleased to donate another 250 high efficiency toilets,
urinals, and sinks to Greensburg GreenTown. Greensburg, Kansas, was devastated by an EF5 tornado on May 4, 2007. Nearly 95% of homes and businesses were destroyed by the two mile wide tornado.
Greensburg GreenTown is a nonprofit organization established to provide residents of Greensburg with resources, information, and the support they need to rebuild the city as a model green community. According to Daniel Wallach, Director of the Greensburg GreenTown project,
“The tornado that hit the city and surrounding areas in 2007 caused massive devastation. Since we basically had to start from the ground up in the rebuilding efforts, we want to build in a sustainable fashion, to preserve our precious resources.”
As part of this conservation effort, Caroma has donated 250 high efficiency toilets and urinals to Greensburg. Greensburg now has ~450 high efficiency toilets from Caroma and is projected to save at least 4600 gallons of water per person per year. Many of the city’s buildings were built in the 1960s or early, so many toilets were either 3.5 or 5 gallon toilets.
“By installing Caroma toilets that average only 0.96 gallons per flush, we could save more than 18,000 gallons of water per year for a family of four,” explains Wallach. “Caroma’s generous donation is not only helping the families that were in need, but it will also help us with LEED
Platinum certification for the most of the city and county buildings. The best part: we’re also preserving our environments by conserving hundreds of thousands of gallons of water each year. The best part is that we didn’t have to compromise our way of life. The Caroma toilets are a
technologically advanced toilet and everyone who has received has very positive comments.”
According to Derek Kirkpatrick, North America General Manager, “The people of Greensburg have done an amazing job of rebuilding a city and a community after such a destructive EF5 tornado. We are excited about Greensburg rebuilding as a sustainable community and the progress they have made. The Caroma donation of high efficiency dual flush toilets will help their efforts to conserve precious water resources while also showing how easy it is to preserve the environment. With simply installing or replacing an older toilet with a water-conserving toilet, communities can save millions of gallons of water each year. Greensburg is becoming a model green community and we wish them continued success in their rebuilding efforts.”
For more information on Caroma’s high efficiency toilets and urinals, email info@caromausa.com or visit http://www.caromausa.com. To find out more information about the Greenburg GreenTown project, visit www.greensburggreentown.org.

About Caroma
Since 1941, Caroma has been a world leader in quality and innovation of bathroom products, continually providing reliable, high efficiency toilet suites and urinals and stylish sinks. With 41 WaterSense labeled toilets – more than any company in the industry – and complimentary, stylish sinks, Caroma offers award-winning products that help preserve the world’s most valuable resource – water. Combining quality, water-conserving products with superior customer service, Caroma has been chosen by businesses and households worldwide for exceptional performance and stylish design. The company can be contacted by phone at 1 800 605 4218, via email at info@caromausa.com, or on the Web at www.caromausa.com.

About Greensburg GreenTown
Greensburg GreenTown is a nonprofit organization established to provide the residents of Greensburg, Kansas with the resources, information, and support they need to rebuild Greensburg as a model green community following the May 2007 tornado. The organization aspires to make it easier for residents to implement and make green living appealing to residents and bring in resources and support from around the country to make Greensburg a model green community. Find out more about Greenburg GreenTown at http://www.greensburggreentown.org.

Source: Caroma Press Release

San Francisco Toilet Rebate Program ends January 2009

The first step to conserving water and saving money on water and wastewater bills is making sure you have efficient plumbing fixtures. With toilets accounting for about one-third of indoor water use, replacing older, high water use toilets with high-efficiency models is one of the best ways to save water.

I was very excited to see that SFPUC is offering a rebate in the amount of $125 for the replacement of old, inefficient toilets, but- it is only good for toilets replaced December 2008 and January 2009!!

If you are serious about saving water AND money, want a toilet that really works and is affordable, I would highly recommend a Caroma Dual Flush toilet. 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. Caroma, an Australian company set the standard by giving the world its first successful two button dual flush system in the nineteen eighties and has since perfected the technology. 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. To learn more or go to Caroma USA to learn where you can find Caroma toilets locally. Visit YouTube to see how we flush potatoes with 0.8 gallons of water, meant for liquids only.

Details about SF’s rebate program can be found here 

You are eligible for a rebate if:

The property where the toilet installed has a SFPUC service address.
You are a SFPUC residential single-family or multi-family account holder or live in multi-family housing (i.e. townhouse, condominium) and pay your water bill through rental costs or home owner association dues. You are replacing a toilet flushing at 3.5 gallons per flush or more.

To Apply
Download the SFPUC Water Conservation toilet rebate application and tracking sheet and return the completed application, tracking sheet, original receipts and UPC labels to the mailing address listed on the form. An on-site inspection may be required to receive approval.

Funding is limited and rebates are available on a first come, first served basis. Toilets must be installed and rebate applications must be postmarked within 60 days of the purchase date. The SFPUC reserves the right to inspect the installations.

Only SFPUC Water Conservation Program-approved toilets qualify for rebates. To obtain a current list of qualifying models and their rebate amounts, please review the SFPUC’s program-approved toilet list here.

You can also request a toilet rebate application by contacting the SFPUC Water Conservation Section at (415) 551-4730.

Toilet Recycling Program

Collection of toilets for recycling is provided by Norcal Waste Systems, Inc. To have toilet(s) picked up from your home or business, contact your garbage collection service provider and schedule a bulky item pick up. If you have an active garbage collection account you’re entitled to two bulky item pick ups per calendar year. Bulky item pick ups are part of the bi-monthly charges you receive.

Green is the new Black – Introducing Green Friday

Despite the current economic outlook, Black Friday will still be one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Last year, the weekend after Thanksgiving alone, Americans spent nearly 28 BILLION DOLLARS shopping.

 

Why not make this coming Friday a Green Friday? You don’t have to spend a lot to save a lot. If you opt for energy and water saving fixtures, you will not only start saving money on lower utility and water bills, you will also help our environment and our economy. Just by replacing one light bulb with a CFL (or, even better: an LED), you can save $30 or more in electrical cost over each bulbs lifetime. Because they last about 10 times longer than regular light bulbs, you also keep waste out of landfills.

 

You can save Water AND Money if you replace an old, inefficient toilet with a Caroma Dual Flush toilet. If you are a customer of one of the below mentioned Water Utilities and meet the qualifications listed you will receive a $100 credit on your water bill for up to two (2) toilets each.

 

Qualifications to receive a toilet rebate

  1. Have an individual residential account with a participating water utility in the District and be up to date on your billing payments.
  2. Own or rent a single-family residential home built in 1993 or earlier (this will be verified).
  3. Purchase an approved toilet after September 28, 2007 to replace an older toilet using greater than 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf).

The following Utilities participate in the Toilet Rebate program

 

ecoTransitions is offering $25 off  each model until the end of November, local pick-up at our warehouse in Austell or delivery available for a small charge.  

 

Please visit http://www.ecotransitions.com/ to view our models and http://www.youtube.com/ecotransitions to see why you can kiss the plunger good-bye. 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Caroma: Conservation Leader becomes a GreenPlumbers® Premier Partner

GreenPlumbers® announced Caroma, a longtime Australian partner, as a premier partner in the United States. Caroma was founded in 1941 in Australia, and has since become a worldwide leader in reliable, high quality, water-efficient bathroom products. Their ‘green’ sensibility makes them a perfect match for GreenPlumbers® ‘s goal of making plumbers into conservation experts.

 

“Protecting the environment is critical for the sustainability of our natural resources, and preserving water, the most valuable resource, is a growing concern,” said Derek Kirkpatrick, Caroma North America manager. “Caroma is pleased to partner with GreenPlumbers®  to promote water conservation and water saving technologies. Caroma is the world leader in innovative, high efficiency toilets with leading edge Caroma Smart™ technology. The stylish and water-conserving 1.6/0.8 gallon per flush toilets can save nearly 30,000 gallons of water per year for a family of four. Our partnership with GreenPlumbers® helps us spread the word that water conservation is easy with just the touch of a button.”  

 

41 models in the EPA’s WaterSense program are made by Caroma – the most of any brand in North America. All of Caroma’s 41 WaterSense labeled models are dual flush fixtures, the only type Caroma manufactures. The list includes Caroma’s latest model, the Sydney Smart, which offers the lowest water consumption of any toilet now available in North America. Sydney Smart flush volumes – 0.8 and 1.28 gallons – set a new benchmark for water conservation in North America. Caroma’s philosophy is that environmentally-responsible products can be highly functional and aesthetically beautiful. The company’s motto is “Conservation With Style.”

 

For more information on Caroma’s line of products or environmental vision, visit http://caromausa.com 

 

GreenPlumbers® is an innovative, national training and accreditation program that assists plumbers in understanding their role in the environment and public health. The organization’s goal is to train and deploy a green army of thousands of plumbers to promote the benefits of water conservation and the reduction of GHG emissions. The focus is on changing consumer and plumbing behavior through the use of energy efficiency and water saving technologies. As a grassroots effort, the plan is a voluntary one that can be implemented quickly without legislation or regulation. How can we expect the homeowners and business people of America to be serious and knowledgeable about water and energy conservation unless the plumbers that bring the water and energy to their houses are not equally serious? The GreenPlumbers® goal is nothing less than complete culture change for the plumbing industry.

GreenPlumbers® training consists of a five-course, 32 hour, accreditation in environmental and technical issues including Climate Care (8 hrs), Caring For Our Water (8 hrs), Solar Hot Water (4 hrs), Water Efficient Technology (8 hrs), and an Inspection Report Service(4 hrs).

For more info about GreenPlumbers, visit www.greenplumbersusa.com.

Source Press Release Sep 9, 2008 Caroma USA and www.greenplumbersusa.com

 

 

Sales tax holiday in Georgia for energy and water efficient products will be held October 2 – 5, 2008

The Oct. 2-5 sales tax holiday applies to ENERGY STAR appliances and, for the first time, products that carry the WaterSense label for water efficiency.

Georgia’s fourth annual ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m., Thursday, October 2nd and continues until midnight on October 5th.  During this period, products carrying the ENERGY STAR label as well as WaterSense labeled products are exempt from the State Sales and use tax. 

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

WaterSense helps consumers to identify water-efficient products and programs. The WaterSense label indicates that these products and programs meet water efficiency and performance criteria. WaterSense labeled products will perform well, help save money and encourage innovation in manufacturing. For additional information on WaterSense, please visit http://www.epa.gov/watersense/.

The sales tax exemption is intended only for individuals and their personal use.  It does not apply to purchases made for resale, purchases by businesses, items leased or rented, or items sold at sports facilities, theme parks, restaurants, public lodging establishments and airports.

SAVE even more:

If you live in a home built prior to 1993 and have an individual residential account with a participating water utility, you may qualify for the $100 rebate on the purchase of a WaterSense labeled, High Efficiency toilet.

Authorities that participate in the Rebate program:

•·        City of Atlanta·        City of Dallas, GA·        City of Hapeville·        City of Marietta

•·        City of Smyrna·        City of Roswell·        Cherokee County·        Clayton County

•·        Cobb County·        DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management

•·        Fayette County·        Fulton County·        Gwinnett County·        Henry County

•·        Paulding County

 Visit http://www.ecotransitions.com/rebate.asp for details on the rebate program by County.

ecoTransitions Inc., a WaterSense partner is a local supplier for Caroma High Efficiency toilets. Check out their huge selection at http://www.ecotransitions.com/caroma.asp. To see why these toilets work so well, visit http://www.youtube.com/ecotransitions.

Order your Caroma High Efficiency toilet today for pickup or delivery during the Sales Tax Holiday October 2-5, 2008 and SAVE Water and Money! For more info contact sales@ecotransitions.com.

Caroma’s Latest Introduction Sets New Conservation Standard

Caroma has launched its most water conscious toilet yet – the Sydney Smart. This latest addition to the company’s line of dual flush toilets, and already WaterSense approved by the EPA, offers the lowest water use of any toilet available in America.

Caroma is the world leader with innovative, high efficiency toilets. The Caroma Smart (TM) Technology is leading-edge and has been developed and mastered over the last decade to deliver the ultimate of design, water savings, and performance. Sydney Smart, Caroma’s newest dual flush, is the first dual-flush toilet utilizing 0.8 gpf for the half and only 1.28 gpf for the full flush, therefore provides significant water savings. With the built-in lower flush option, typically used four times more often than the larger flush, Sydney Smart provides the highest water savings of any high efficiency toilet (HET) available, as it calculates to an average of 0.89 gallons per flush.

Like all Caroma toilets, Sydney Smart uses Wash Down flushing instead of siphon action and has a trapway nearly double the industry average. Caroma engineers enhanced the water dynamics from the flush valve to the bowl to ensure that a small volume of water would successfully evacuate the bowl and all the way through the drain line. The Smart models maintain Caroma’s reputation for clog-proof performance.

The continuing drought in the South, California’s new legislation mandating high efficiency toilets and the eco-movement are forcing Americans to consider water saving strategies like those developed in Australia, where droughts are measured in years, rather than months.  Dual flush toilets are credited as one of the chief ways per capita water consumption has been cut 25 percent over the last decade.

Since introducing dual flush toilets twenty-five years ago in Australia, Caroma continually has advanced the performance of its products.  The Smart technology, setting a new benchmark for water efficiency, was used in product installed at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and later incorporated into the line in 2004.  The Sydney Smart arrives here after years of market acceptance in Australia and Caroma’s Asian markets.

The Sydney Smart is an EPA-approved WaterSense toilet, meaning it is among the most water-efficient and best performing models on the market.  Caroma is the industry leader with 41 Water Sense models. 

Caroma, a wholly owned subsidiary of GWA International Limited, a Brisbane, Australia-based company, is at the forefront of water efficient plumbing, and exports products to 39 countries. Its development and constant improvement of dual flush technology have led to dual flush toilets outselling single flush toilets around the world.

SOURCE  Caroma USA, ebuild and Reuters

If you are interested in finding out more about Caroma Dual Flush toilets, visit www.ecotransitions.com. To view videos showing why Caroma toilets work, visit ecoTransitions on YouTube. Watch an amazing video of Eddie Wilcut, the Water Conservation Manager for the City of San Antonio, flushing a Russet potato down a Caroma toilet with the full flush (1.6 gallon) AND half flush (0.8 gallon), which is meant for liquid waste.

Learn even more about Caroma Dual Flush Toilets here

Dual Flush toilets mandatory in Ireland – the way to “go”!

This is an article published on August 20, 2008 in the Irish Times

New building controls to ban traditional toilets

by HARRY McGEE, Political Staff

THE STANDARD toilet is about to be flushed out as part of a new Government water conservation measure.

Environment Minister John Gormley has signed off on new building regulations that will lead to a ban on traditional toilets.

The Government says that the move will lead to hundreds of millions of gallons drinking water being saved each year.

Under the new regulations, all toilets fitted into homes will be required to have a dual-flush system.

In addition, dual-flush toilets will be the only models available at DIY stores, plumbing supplies stores and hardware shops. The regulations will be implemented from November.

Yesterday, Mr Gormley said that making dual flush toilets mandatory would lead to greater efficiencies in the use of water, and was a sensible and practical step that formed part of the National Water Conservation Programme.

Official estimates suggest that as much of a third of the country’s drinking water is used to flush toilets, which the Government considers poor use of a valuable resource.

Standard toilets in Irish homes and workplaces flush between six and nine litres.

Dual flush toilets release four litres in water-saving mode, and six litres for a full flush.

“It demonstrates how simple but practical ways can be found to conserve water,” said Mr Gormley, adding that further water conservation measures would be introduced.

These are unlikely to include any attempt to introduce water charges or metering, issues that have proved politically divisive in the past.

If you are interested in finding out more about Dual Flush toilets, visit www.caromausa.com. Caroma, an Australian company has invented the Dual Flush system in the 80’s and has a 90% market share in Australia. With a fully glazed 4″ trapway, blockages are virtually eliminated.

What you should know about toilets

Toilets account for almost 30% of residential indoor water use in the United States.

Toilets are also a major source of wasted water due to leaks and inefficiency. In a home that was built prior to 1993 it is most likely that the toilet uses 3.5 gallons or more for every single flush (in Dekalb County alone, approx. 165,000 homes were built prior to 1993 – there are approx. 1 Mio. Homes in the Greater Atlanta area that still have old, inefficient toilets in use). Experts say that the minimum needed to meet the basic human needs of drinking, cooking and hygiene is five gallons of clean water per person per day. It’s far from enough to ensure health and well-being-just enough to get by. Do we really need to flush down that much each time we go “Number One”?

In the beginning of modern toilets there was the seven-gallon flushing porcelain lavatory. Then there was the low-flush toilet. And by the time you’d flushed several times the bowl was “clear” and you had flushed more water than you did with the faithful lavatory.

Then there was the new and improved low-flush toilet, which was better but still not what always got the job done. And finally, the High-Efficiency toilet arrived; you now have your choice of flushing as little as .8 gallons with dual flush toilets. The best part is that they really work!

What Are High-Efficiency Toilets?

Under federal law, toilets must not exceed 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf). High-efficiency toilets (HETs) go beyond the standard and use less than 1.3 gpf. The WaterSense label will be used on HETs that are certified by independent laboratory testing to meet rigorous criteria for both performance and efficiency. Only HETs that complete the third-party certification process can earn the WaterSense label.

 Do High Efficiency Toilets Work?

Everyone is concerned about the performance of low-flow toilets. Do they clear the bowl and leave it clean? Do they stop up frequently? Unlike the first 1.6 gallon / flush toilets, WaterSense HETs combine high efficiency with high performance. Advances in toilet design permit WaterSense HETs to save water without loss of flushing power. In fact, many perform better than standard toilets in consumer testing. Want proof? Watch this amazing video of Eddie Wilcut, the Water Conservation Manager for the City of San Antonio, flushing a Russet potato down a Caroma toilet with the full flush (1.6 gallon) AND half flush (0.8 gallon), which is meant for liquid waste.

How Much Water and Money Do HETs Save?

High efficiency toilets save you money by reducing your water and wastewater costs. Over the course of a lifetime, an average person flushes the toilet nearly 140,000 times. If you install a WaterSense HET, you can save 4,000 gallons per year and your children can each save about a third of a million gallons during their lifetime. If a family of four replaces one 3.5 gpf toilet made between 1980 and 1994 with a WaterSense toilet, they can save $2,000 over the lifetime of the toilet. If the toilet being replaced was made before 1980, it uses 5 gallons per flush so the savings will be much greater. If you’d like to calculate how much water you can save try the water savings calculator on www.ecotransitions.com.

With these savings, new high-efficiency toilets can pay for themselves in only a few years. Even better, many local utilities offer substantial rebates for replacing old toilets with HETs. Detailed information on the rebates available in Georgia can be found here Rebates in Georgia

What are Dual Flush toilets?

Dual flush 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. They can save up to 40% (approx. 4600 gallons) compared to today’s standard 1.6-gallon single flush toilets. On an average of 4/1 uses a day,  Dual Flush toilets have the lowest water consumption of all – 0.96 Gallons per flush. Caroma, an Australian manufacturer that invented the Dual Flush technology manufactures award winning toilets that are both user friendly and, with a full 3.5″ trap way, virtually blockage-free!  Wouldn’t that be nice to be able to finally kiss the plunger good bye? Beware of some products reducing the amount of water flushed to use with your existing toilet. Existing bowls are not designed to perform with reduced amounts of water, so the likelihood of clogging your toilet while you are trying to flush paper and solid waste increases drastically.

Select a WaterSense Labeled High-Efficiency Toilet!look for watersense label

Whether you are remodeling a bathroom, beginning construction of a new house, or just want to replace an old, leaky toilet, a WaterSense labeled HET is your best bet. Look for the WaterSense label on any toilet you buy. If every home in the United States replaced just one old toilet with a new HET, we would save almost one trillion (spelled with a T)

gallons of water per year, equal to more than two weeks of the water flowing over Niagara Falls!

Note that some manufacturers offer high-efficiency and ordinary models with very similar names, so be sure and look for the WaterSense label. A list of WaterSense labeled High-Efficiency Toilets can be found here List of WaterSense labeled HET’s published by the EPA.

Where can I find a HET?

To find WaterSense partners and resources in your area, please follow the link and click on your state below or choose from the list that follows. EPA – Where you live

For a watersavings calculator and more information on Dual Flush toilets please visit www.ecotransitions.com.

WaterSense Partners helped save 277 million gallons of water in 2007

San Antonio Water System gives away 20,000 free Caroma Dual Flush toilets

Perhaps the City of Atlanta should consider this. San Antonio has implemented an incredible program, resulting in tremendous water savings PLUS lots of business for plumbers. Read full article here 

http://www.reevesjournal.com/CDA/Articles/Cover_Story/BNP_GUID_9-5-2006_A_10000000000000283282

New Atlanta Distribution Center for Caroma High Efficiency Toilets

ecoTransitions Inc., a Watersense Partner, has partnered with Caroma USA to distribute WaterSense labeled high-efficiency toilets (HET) in Georgia.February 2008 – ecoTransitions encourages Georgians to actively conserve water and decrease their monthly water bills by offering high efficiency Dual Flush toilets. From its newly opened Distribution Center, ecoTransitions broadens the selection of water conserving toilets available in Atlanta.  “In a time of a dwindling water supply in Georgia, it is time to look at the No. 1 water-wasting feature in every house”, said ecoTransisions owner and Georgia resident Andrea Paulinelli. “Toilets are still the biggest water users in our homes. When we think about conserving water and long term savings, retrofitting our toilets is the single best solution.” Most of ecoTransitions Caroma High Efficiency Toilets (HET) are listed on EPA’s Watersense list and qualify for the rebates currently offered by many counties and the City of Atlanta. Because water use reduction is an integral part of LEED™, credits can be obtained as well. Caroma toilets employ an integrated dual flush mechanism, letting the user select either a full flush (1.6gpf) or a half flush (0.8gpf). The patented technology can save up to 72% (approx. 18,000 gallons) of annual water usage compared to the traditional 3.5-gallon flush and up to 40% (approx. 4600 gallons) compared to today’s standard 1.6-gallon single flush toilets. A sophisticated redesigned bowl and a larger 4 inch trap allow waste to easily be pushed down with less water. The larger trap way eliminates clogs caused by excessive paper waste in the bowl. Other key strengths include: Elegant Design – Contemporary European design fits with just about any bathroom décor. Well-rounded corners and an easy closing seat provide easy cleaning. Installer-friendly – most Caroma US toilets can be roughed in at 10″ to 12″ with the use of a plastic offset connector. A larger footprint makes for easier replacement of old toilets. Virtually Maintenance Free – Dual Flush Technology eliminates the need for flapper, ball cock, chain and handle failure issues. Complete Fixture Range – The current US line includes a mix of toilets and lavatories for residential and commercial applications. ecoTransitions Inc.

 you chose between half flush and full flush

Visit www.ecotransitions.com or email Sales@ecotransitions.com for more info, Contact: Andrea Paulinelli, ceo