The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District has created a new rebate incentive program to encourage its customers to replace their high water volume toilets with environmentally friendly water-conserving models.
When all toilets at one property are replaced simultaneously, the new program offers water customers a rebate of $100 per toilet. But if individual toilets are replaced, the district will offer the previously set rebate of $60 per toilet.
"Our goal in increasing the incentive is to encourage more people to do it," water district General Manager Jim Colbaugh said. "Although we're in the business of selling water, we want to make sure we have enough water available in the future, and we obviously have a limited water supply in Southern California."
Since the original rebate program began in 1990, Colbaugh said, more than 6,500 toilets in the district have been replaced and more than 60 million gallons of water have been conserved. By replacing all of the toilets in a single home, district officials estimate the average household can reduce its water use by 10,000 gallons each year and shave its water bill by $50 annually.