Up to $100/unit available for replacement of older toilets with EPA-rated models (see epa.gov/watersense/pp/find_het.htm). Available for residential customers & apartment buildings. Forms/info: www.cityofmadison.com/water. 608-266-4651
MWU's Toilet Rebate Program renewed for 2015
December 29, 2014
Madison Water Utility has renewed its popular Toilet Rebate Program for 2015 in hopes of encouraging more homeowners to install water-efficient toilets. Customers can receive one rebate of up to $100 per household if they replace an older toilet with a new, high-efficiency model that uses no more than 1.28 gallons per flush and has been endorsed by the EPA's WaterSense Program.
Thousands of homeowners have taken advantage of the utility's Toilet Rebate Program since it started in 2009. We estimate it's saved well over 100 million gallons of water and has helped the city drop its daily water usage from 73 gallons per person in 2008 to 61 gallons today. Madison Water Utility is working to further reduce that number to 58 gallons by the year 2020 through conservation initiatives like the Toilet Rebate Program and the utility''s new online water use tracking tool.
Madison Water Utility has set aside $250,000 in our 2015 budget to pay for the rebates, which can also be used for apartments. Older toilets can waste enormous amounts of water, using as much as five gallons per flush, adding up to about 10 thousand gallons per person every year. But the move toward more efficient appliances and fixtures like high-efficiency toilets is clearly starting to make a difference. As we end 2014, Madison Water Utility is on track to see our lowest annual pumping total in almost 45 years, despite serving a much higher population.
Since the Madison Water Utility began offering rebates on high efficiency toilets in January 2009, the residential program has conserved more than 38.8 million gallons of water that would have otherwise gone down the drain.
As part of the utility's water conservation and sustainability plan, the program offers up to $100 rebates for customers who replace older, large volume toilets with new high efficiency fixtures that use no more than 1.28 gallons per flush and that have been endorsed by the EPA's WaterSense program. Toilets are the largest users of water in the home, and older models can flush with as much as 3.5 gallons per flush or even more than 5 gallons for really old ones.
In the first two years of the rebate program, the Water Utility granted rebates for 4, 228 toilets. The program is continuing in 2011 with funding approved by the state Public Service Commission. Individual home owners, condo owners, and landlords are eligible for rebates of one per household simply by installing the toilets, filling out application forms, and submitting their receipts. More details are located on the utility's website at www.madisonwater.org.
The toilet rebate is part of the utility's Water Conservation and Sustainability Plan to reduce per capita water usage 20 percent by the year 2020, with the goal of protecting the quality and quantity of the deep-well aquifer that supplies the Madison area.
Toilet Rebate ProgramThe Madison Water Utility is offering rebates of up to $100 for residential customers who replace their high water using toilets with EPA WaterSense-rated High Efficiency Toilet (HET) models. The program is part of the utility's Water Conservation and Sustainability Plan to reduce per capita water usage 20 percent by the year 2020, with the goal of protecting the quality and quantity of the deep-well aquifer that supplies the Madison area.
Toilets eligible for rebate must be HETs (which use an average of 1.28 gallons per flush) and must be on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) WaterSense list. Any toilet that meets the criteria and is purchased after January 1, 2009, will be eligible. Rebates will be in the form of checks sent to the customer's residence of record or as a credit on the customer's water bill; the rebate amount will not exceed the purchase price of the toilet.
To apply for the rebate, you must submit two items: the original, dated sales receipt for the toilet showing the manufacturer's model name and number and the completed application form (PDF). (You should keep a photocopy of your receipt.) These items must be mailed to the following address:
Madison Water Utility
Toilet Rebate Program
119 East Olin Avenue
Madison, WI 53713
Participants in the program must be residential customers of the Madison Water Utility, and the installation address must be in the customer service area of the utility. Qualified customers are those who live in single-family homes, condos, or apartments in buildings no larger than four units. Rebates are for replacement of existing larger-capacity toilets, and are not for new construction. Rebates are first-come, first-served, until funding is exhausted. The program is for only one rebate per household. Eligible replacement toilets must be HETs listed on the EPA WaterSense website (Click on the Product Category toilets, then click on the brand name, then on the model name, and then on the SEARCH button to find the model number--which will appear at the bottom of the WaterSense page).
Homeowners may install the toilets themselves, or they may hire a plumber or contractor to do the job. Owners are responsible for proper installation and associated costs. Installation may be subject to verification by water utility personnel. Toilets may be purchased at any supplier as long as they are on the WaterSense list of HETs.
Rebate checks of up to $100 (not to exceed actual purchase price) will be sent to the customer's address or credited to the customer's water bill, after applications are processed. Please allow four to six weeks. Rebates are not available for the costs of installation.
Disposal of Old Toilets
Replaced toilets should be placed at the curb for pick-up by the City Streets and Recycling Department.
For more information, call the Madison Water Utility at (608) 266-4651