Pilot program boosts rebates for high-efficiency toilets in Southern California


Southern California landlords can soon receive increased rebates for installing high-efficiency toilets in qualifying apartments.

The boosted rebates are part of an 18-month pilot program from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The program, which begins Monday, March 18, aims to replace 10,000 toilets in older multifamily housing and significantly increase water conservation in the region’s disadvantaged communities.

The district’s rebate will grow from $40 to $250 for premium high-efficiency models. To qualify, the toilets (1.1 gallons per flush or less) must be installed in apartments built before 1994. Pre- and post-inspections required.

Metropolitan is also providing $1.5 million in funding for member agencies to develop local water-saving programs in the low-income communities in the water district, which spans 5,200 square miles and parts of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties.

“Conservation and water use efficiency plays a key role in our water reliability, which is why we’re continually looking for innovative ways to help Southern California save water,” Randy Record, Metropolitan’s board chairman, said in this news release. “This pilot program will allow us to test a new approach to increasing access to conservation programs within our large and diverse service area.”

Over the next 20 years, the upgraded toilets are expected to save an estimated 2,100 acre-feet of water. An acre-foot is about 326,000 gallons, about the amount used by three typical Southland households in a year.

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