The Castaic Lake Water Agency (CLWA) and the Santa Clarita Family of Water Suppliers are offering rebates of up to $80 to property owners who install high-efficiency toilets in homes and buildings built prior to 1993. These rebates are available for single family and multi-family residential properties and commercial accounts as long as funds are available.
"Other than outdoor irrigation, the toilets are the largest water user in a typical home," said Cathy Hollomon, Associate Water Resources Planner for CLWA's Santa Clarita Water Division. "That means having an efficient toilet is very important."
High-efficiency toilets use only 1.28 gallons per flush, twenty percent less than standard toilets. According to Hollomon, today’s high-efficiency toilets (HETs) are nothing like the low-flow toilets people may recall from years past. “They really do function very well — they're not like the ones in the early 2000s," Hollomon said. “Toilets are tested now and they are graded on the grams they can flush."
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"Being WaterSense approved means that the toilets have been certified to operate at a higher efficiency, and verified to operate at a higher level of quality as well," said Matt Dickens, Resource Conservation Manager for Valencia Water Co. “High-Efficiency Toilets bearing the WaterSense Label have been tested for how much material they can flush, to prevent clogging and double flushing.” Dickens added that the rebate enables individuals to acquire brand new high-performing toilets for “close to zero dollars.”
Single family residences can qualify for up to three rebates per household, and multi-family and commercial properties can qualify for up to fifty.
The program is scheduled to end in at the end of December 2013, but could end sooner if rebate funds are depleted. Robert McLaughlan, Customer Service and Water Use Efficiency Coordinator for the Newhall County Water District, said residents shouldn’t put off switching to high-efficiency toilets because they could miss out on the $80 rebate if they wait too long. “If it’s something that you have been putting off, the money is not going to be available anymore,” McLaughlan said. “This rebate isn’t going to last forever, so you should probably act now and take advantage of this wonderful offer.”
To obtain an HET rebate, visit www.scvh2o.org  for more information or contact your water retailer directly.
For more about the CLWA's rebate program and other water conservation measures, click here .
- Article: Water Agency Offers Rebates For High Efficiency Toilets
- Source: Santa Clarita News 
- Author: Kevin Kelton
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