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Homeowners get more than $183,000 in rebates for low-flow toilet retrofits

2/17/2017, 6 a.m.

DeKalb homeowners who replaced older toilets with new efficient WaterSense-approved models last year received rebate checks totaling $183,563 from the Department of Watershed Management Rebate Program.

In 2016, more than 1,200 homeowners took advantage of the program, which has paid a total of $2.6 million in rebates since it began in 2008.

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Scott Towler

DWM Director Scott Towler said the program works on many levels.

“Water conservation is a big deal because DeKalb is one of 52 counties that remain under a Level 2 drought in Georgia,” Towler said in a Feb. 7 statement. “Not only do low-flow toilets save water, which is a high priority for all of us in Georgia, but a family of four would also save $100 or so every year on its water and sewer bills.”

Homes built before 1993 may have toilets that use 3.5 to 7 gallons per flush. The DeKalb toilet rebate program offers homeowners a rebate of up to $100 for replacing their current toilets with 1.28 GPF WaterSense-approved devices.

To qualify for the rebate program:

  • The house must have been constructed before 1993 and served by an individual water meter.
  • The homeowner must complete and sign the rebate application.
  • The homeowner must submit the original purchase receipt of the toilet, or low-flow certification form if installed by a licensed plumber, within 60 days of purchase.

For applications and more information about the rebate program as well as updated outdoor water conservation tips, visit www.dekalbwatershed.com.