ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- The industry’s newest water-efficient toilets are flushing away myths often associated with eco-friendly fixtures.
When they first arrived on the market over 20 years ago due to federal regulation, “low flush” toilets came with their share of problems. Units often lacked flushing power and were deemed as unable to get the job done. However, as technology evolved, high-efficiency toilets have become more common, due in part to their affordability and effective flushing. In fact, advances in design and engineering have created a new breed of toilets available in all styles and price ranges.
“Toilets account for more than 30 percent of household water usage annually and older toilets waste an inordinate amount of water,” said Chelsea Wulff, conservation specialist for SUEZ. “According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average family can reduce water used for toilets by 20 to 60 percent by replacing old, inefficient toilets with WaterSense labeled models. That’s nearly 13,000 gallons of water savings for your home every year.”
To encourage others to replace their old inefficient toilets, SUEZ is offering its customers in Rockland County a $75 rebate when they purchase a new toilet bearing the EPA WaterSense label. Only toilets that are independently verified for maximum performance and efficiency receive the WaterSense certification. This SUEZ rebate represents roughly a 50 percent savings on the purchase of a typical toilet.
One of the most tangible benefits of switching from an old, inefficient toilet to a high-efficiency EPA WaterSense model is reduced water consumption, which in turn results in considerable savings. Since toilets account for such a large portion of household water use, upgrading just one or two fixtures has the opportunity to result in significant savings over a toilet's lifetime. SUEZ estimates the use of a water-efficient toilet can save about $65 annually for a typical Rockland family.
“By upgrading toilets and using water in a more sustainable manner, the customer can benefit from a lower water bill,” said Wulff. She noted that there are national benefits as well. According to the EPA, if all old, inefficient toilets in the United States were replaced with WaterSense labeled models, the savings would be over 520 billion gallons of water per year, roughly the amount of water that flows over Niagara Falls in 12 days.
To learn more about qualifying WaterSense models, visit SuezConserve.com.