Palo Altan replaces 85 year old toilet--will save over 43,000 gallons per year!

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As national “Fix a Leak” Week draws to a close, we leak this timely tale of pocketing the savings from thwarted water waste...

1928 Toilet Used 12 Gallons Per Flush

“I didn’t want to replace my very old, but still-working toilet...then I discovered new, high efficiency toilets were reliable AND used about 10 gallons less per flush, so I finally made the switch!"
---Longtime Palo Alto Resident

The City of Palo Alto Utilities staff did a double take when a recent rebate request came through for the replacement of a toilet manufactured in 1928---based on a model patented in 1922! This was the oldest toilet to ever come through the City’s long-standing water conservation rebate program. The resident making the request will not only receive $125 in rebates, but will be saving water and money every time his family flushes from now on.

“At first I didn’t think low flow toilets worked very well, so I didn’t want to replace my very old, working toilet even though it used 12 gallons per flush. When I discovered that newer, high efficiency toilets were both reliable and only used 1.28 gallons per flush, I finally decided to take the plunge and make the switch,” remarked the resident, who prefers to stay anonymous, although he is happy to have his old toilet become famous!

The replacement of their aging toilet with a new high-efficiency (HET) model will save this household about 120 gallons of water per day---or over 43,000 gallons per year. That’s enough water to fill an average-sized swimming pool or over 1,400 bathtubs!

And the savings may even be greater...the estimated savings above are based only on the difference between the flush volume of the new and old toilets. But there may have been leakage that was wasting water as well. Most people don’t realize that a leaking toilet can waste up to 15,000 gallons of water per month, not to mention the over $80 drain on its owner’s wallet.

While most older toilets in homes and businesses probably use half as much water as this resident’s 1928 model, for many people there’s still a whole lot of water being wasted with every flush. Unless you already have a HET, you’re sending needless water down the sewers---and spending needless dollars to do it!

Palo Alto residents and businesses can get the full low-down on smart and easy ways to become more water-efficient while saving money here.

And remember you can catch the “running toilet,” along with having lots of wonderful, healthy fun at the "Great Race for Saving Water” on April 27th.

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Debra Katz, Communications Manager
City of Palo Alto Utilities
650-329-2474 cell 650-810-3673
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