Don Bauder 2:30 p.m., Aug. 1
Cashing in on toilet upgrades
Water Authority promoting new, even lower-flow models with rebate offers
In the midst of what’s traditionally the driest time of year, the San Diego County Water Authority is pushing to publicize a new round of rebates being offered to local residents and businesses for upgrading their toilets.
Rebates have been offered in the past as an incentive to convince San Diegans to swap out their older toilets that use 3.5 to 5 gallons of water per flush for 1.6 gallon models, and the City of San Diego has had a point-of-sale requirement that requires any residence being resold to have efficient water fixtures (including toilets, faucets, and showerheads) for years. Those units, however, are now considered outdated and the new per-flush target is 1.28 gallons, as achieved by those on the approved list of Water Sense products.
In addition to rebate money, the agency points to EPA estimates that replacing toilets could save 13,000 gallons of water, or about $110 on the average local water bill, each year.
Residential rebates start at $50, and up to $200 is being offered to businesses changing out their fixtures. Locals who have already received rebate money for changing toilets in the past are not eligible to collect a second time.