The City of Red Deer, Alberta is encouraging residents to ditch their old or leaky toilets in favour of low flow models. Residents who choose to go low flow can then apply for a rebate through the city’s residential toilet rebate program.
In order to qualify for a rebate, applicants must be property owners in Red Deer, have a current utility account, and purchase a qualifying toilet. The city offers $25 rebates for homeowners who replace high flow toilets with low flow toilets (six litres or less) and $50 rebates for dual flush toilets.
“Replacing old toilets with low flow toilets has significant household water savings,” said Katina Tam, environmental program specialist. “By participating in the toilet rebate program, residents are improving water conservation in Red Deer, while reducing landfill waste.”
Toilets use more water than any other appliance in the home and account for about a third of the average household’s water use. Replacing just one 20 litre toilet with an efficient six litre low flow toilet can save more than 25,000 litres of water per person per year.
Since the inception of Red Deer’s toilet rebate program in 2008, homeowners have received rebates for replacing more than 4,000 old toilets. This has resulted in an estimated 131 million litres of water saved.