Save Water While Saving Money—Georgia Sales Tax Holiday Features WaterSense® Labeled Products

If you’re planning to buy a toilet or bathroom sink faucet this fall, timing your purchase to coincide with Georgia’s sales tax holiday for WaterSense labeled products can help you save a little money. Between October 1 and October 4, 2009, customers will not have to pay sales tax on toilets and bathroom sink faucets and accessories that have earned the WaterSense label. Consumers can be sure that products with the WaterSense label have been independently certified to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) rigorous criteria for water efficiency and performance. 

Purchasing and installing WaterSense labeled products is a key way Georgians can save water. If just one out of every four households in Georgia would retrofit their bathrooms with WaterSense labeled bathroom fixtures, it could save nearly 10 billion gallons per year—enough for every Georgian to take a shower daily for about two months. 

Whether remodeling a bathroom, constructing a new home, or simply replacing older, inefficient fixtures that waste money and water, consider installing a WaterSense labeled toilet or bathroom sink faucet. 

As consumers shop for WaterSense labeled toilets during the sales tax holiday, they can be sure these fixtures use 20 percent less water than the current federal standard for toilets and that WaterSense labeled bathroom sink faucets and accessories will reduce a sink’s water flow by 30 percent or more. Because all products must be tested to meet EPA’s criteria before earning the WaterSense label, these water savings are achieved without sacrificing performance. 

The sales tax holiday on WaterSense labeled products will start Thursday, October 1 at midnight and will continue through the weekend until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 4.  Any WaterSense labeled product purchased for noncommercial home or personal use during the sales tax holiday will be Georgia state sales tax-free. 

For more information on the sales tax holiday, visit Conserve Water Georgia.

For more information on WaterSense, please visit www.epa.gov/watersense

For more information on WaterSense labeled, High Efficiency Toilets, please contact GA’s largest seller of the award-winning Caroma Dual Flush toilets, ecoTransitions. All of Caroma’s 47 floor mounted models also qualify for the $100 toilet rebate offered by most Metro Atlanta Water authorities. For more information, visit http://www.ecotransitions.com/ or contact them via email at sales@ecotransitions.com or by phone at (678) 313-9260. ecotrans_watersense_partner logo

Canada, BC: Comox Valley Regional District Goes Low Flow with Toilet Rebate Program

Source: British Columbia News, www.comoxvalleyrecord.com

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) will launch a toilet rebate program by the end of September as part of the plan outlined in the draft water efficiency strategy intended to achieve a 27 percent reduction in water consumption by 2014.

The Comox Valley Regional District wants to help toilets help the environment.

A toilet rebate program will be launched next month, as part of their draft water efficiency plan designed to achieve 27-per-cent reduction in water consumption by 2014.

“This is a fabulous opportunity for the CVRD to reduce both water consumption and sewage flows,” said Fred Bates, CVRD board chair. “Using less water per flush will both conserve our valuable resource and save us all money in the long run.”

For residents replacing an old water-guzzling toilet in residences built prior to Jan. 1, 2005, the CVRD will offer homeowners, property managers and plumbers a $75 rebate — one rebate per single-family home — for installing water-efficient toilets.

The rebate program applies to installations connected to the Comox Valley water system including the Town of Comox, City of Courtenay and the Arden, Comox Valley, England Road, Marsden/Camco, and Greaves Crescent water local service areas.

Toilets using 13 litres or more per flush must be recycled and replaced with a CSA-approved new low-flow model accompanied by a receipt dated after Aug. 15, 2009 to be eligible for the $75 rebate.

A recycling receipt for the old toilet must be obtained.

Initially, old toilets can be returned to the Comox Valley Waste Management Centre, open 8:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m.

Applications will be available by the end of September from the CVRD, City of Courtenay or Town of Comox offices or by visiting http://www.comoxvalleyrd.ca.

Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis while the funding lasts.

— Comox Valley Regional District