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Toilets 101

Rebates are available from the State of California!

If you are like most people you probably don’t spend much time thinking about your toilet.

Traditional non-efficient toilets (pre-1990s basic white models) use 3.5 to 5 or more gallons of water each time they are flushed.

“Ultra Low Flow Toilets” (ULFTs) use only 1.6 gallons per flush. (You can tell whether you have one of these by reading the fine print on the bowl right behind the seat). They also come in other colors than white.

Newer “High-Efficiency Toilets” (HETs – including Gravity-Fed, Pressure Assist and Dual-Flush models) use as little as 1.28 – .8 gallons per flush. These models allow you to choose designer colors and styles, they work just as well as your old reliable model, and they can cost as little as $250 (but you can spend more).

If you replace a traditional non-efficient toilet with an ULFT, you can save 38 gallons a day, adding up to 19,000 gallons per year. The savings multiply if you replace more than one toilet in your house.

You can save 45 gallons a day and 23,000 gallons a year if you go straight from a traditional non-efficient toilet to a HET.

Even if you already have a ULFT and you change it out for a new HET, you can save 7 gallons per day, adding up to 4,000 gallons per year.

Many water agencies will provide rebates for HETs that could cover a big part of the cost to change out your toilets. Contact your local water agency for details.