Replace your toilet, earn a rebate, save water; EPA WaterSense program

WASHINGTON COUNTY – You could qualify for a $75 rebate by replacing your toilet with a WaterSense-labeled model. This rebate was designed to help Washington County residents replace older toilets with water-efficient models that are certified in performance and water savings through Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program.

“Toilets are by far the main source of water use in the home,” WCWCD Water Conservation Manager Julie Breckenridge said. “In Utah, toilets account for nearly 30 percent of an average home’s indoor water consumption. Older, inefficient toilets also happen to be a major source of wasted water in many homes.”

Over the course of your lifetime, you will likely flush the toilet nearly 140,000 times. If you replace toilets manufactured prior to the year 2000 with a WaterSense labeled model, you could save 4,000 gallons per year. The EPA estimates that if a family of four replaces their home’s older toilets with WaterSense labeled ones, they will, on average, save more than $90 per year in reduced water utility bills and $2,000 over the lifetime of the toilets.

For more program information, visit the WCWCD’s website or call 435-673-3617.

About the Washington County Water Conservancy District

Washington County Water Conservancy District, a nonprofit public agency, was established in 1962 to manage Southern Utah’s regional water needs. Its board of directors oversees the development, stabilization, management, acquisition and conservation of water resources in Washington County in an ongoing effort to provide a safe, sustainable water supply for current and future generations. Visit for more information.

Submitted by: Washington County Water Conservancy District

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  • Roy J July 1, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Seems to me there was an episode of ‘King of the Hill’ about this once…

  • Bender July 1, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Hello. I’m Hank Hill. Clogged toilets are a serious issue that affects everyone. I’d like to take a moment to give you a few pointers on proper toilet usage so what happened in this episode won’t ever happen to you. First off, items like cotton swabs, chewing gum, cigarettes, and, uh…lady things should not be flushed. The basic rule is, never flush anything down a toilet that doesn’t come directly,…uh, from you. For tougher clogs, purchase a snake at a local hardware store, or consult your local yellow pages for a certified plumber in your area. If it’s a father and son company, request the father. Finally, I want you to know that no pipes were actually damaged in the making of this episode. Thank you.

  • Mark Preston July 3, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    The EPA has some wonderful ideas. They also seem to have some crackpot ideas, too.

    The City of San Francisco, is/was an early adopter of the EPA’s WaterSense toilets. The City financed the installation of about 16,000 of these devices with a financial rebate to the citizen/consumer.

    According to the manager of the San Francisco Wastewater Department, Tommy Moala, these “High Efficiency Toilets” (as the EPA calls them) don’t have sufficient flow of water through the sewer system to flush the waste. There are approximately 300,000 residences in San Francisco. Now, (no pun intended) there is a stink in San Francisco. And the City is pouring chlorine bleach in the sewer system in the amount of 12 million pounds a year to ameliorate the problem.

    Saving water is a great idea. Ruining one’s home and environment isn’t.

    I don’t own stock in a business related to water, plumbing fixtures, construction, architecture, construction or finance … I’m trying to say I don’t have a financial interest in what I write about at:

    There I have tried to chronicle the development of how these low water use toilets came into existence and the consequences of violating the laws of physics, because politicians think that’s a wise idea.

    I do hope you consider what the government is doing and report on it constructively. Not unskeptically follow the EPA’s press releases.


    Mark Preston

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