Durham residents interested in saving water – and money – can participate in the city's new toilet rebate program.
The program, sponsored by the city's Department of Water Management, offers rebates of $100 when qualified water customers replace their toilets with Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense-labeled, high-efficiency toilets.
According to Vicki Westbrook, deputy director of the Department of Water Management, if Durham residents replace just 3,000 toilets, the community can save nearly 21 million gallons of water per year.
“Toilet flushing makes up about 30 to 40 percent of all water used in homes. Older, inefficient toilets can use between 3.5 and 7 gallons per flush and are responsible for most of the water wasted in our homes,” Westbrook said.
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To be eligible for the city's rebate, any toilet purchased must be a high-efficiency toilet, which uses an average of 1.28 gallons per flush, and must be on the EPA's WaterSense list.