Low-Flow Toilet Rebate
- Open to CBRM residential water customers.
- Rebate amount of $50.00 in the form of a credit on a customers' water bill.
- Single-family residential customers.
- The installation of a 6-litre low-flow flush toilet to replace an existing high volume toilet.
- The service address must have an active residential water account in good standing with the CBRM Water Utility.
- The Utility reserves the right to inspect the installed rebated toilet on a random basis within three months of the rebate approval.
- Customers must agree that the old toilet will not be reused. Participants agree to disable or destroy their old toilet and dispose of it properly.
- Customers must submit a dated detailed sales receipt, as proof of purchase.
- Offer is limited to one rebate per customer account over the life time of the program.
- Rebate must be claimed within a year of purchase and installation.
Toilet Rebate Application 2009
Saving Water Outdoors
- If you feel you must water your lawn, do so in the early morning or early evening to minimize evaporation and waste. Discolored or brownish lawns are common during hot, sunny weather. Watering you lawn everyday is wasteful as the grass isn't actually dead. Wait for the next rainfall; it will restore your lawn's color.
- Rain barrels are a great and easy way to make use of rain water to water your lawn and plants.
- Raise your lawn mower blade to its highest setting to encourage grass roots to grow deeper and grass blades to retain moisture for longer periods of time.
- Buy a nozzle for your hose to control the flow of water. Check hoses, sprinklers and outdoor faucets for leaks. A small drip can waste a lot of water.
Saving Water Indoors
- In the winter, don't leave a tap running to prevent water pipes from freezing. Protect your plumbing, including the water meter by insulating the crawl space or basement. Heat tape and other alternatives can help protect plumbing as well.
- Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used to find out if you have a leak. If the readings are different you have a leak. If you have a well, listen to see if the pump turns on and off while the water is not in use. If it does, you have a leak.
- Add aerators to kitchen and bathroom faucets to reduce water consumption. Replace washers to repair dripping faucets. If your hot water tap is leaking make sure repairs are made as soon as possible, because you will pay extra on both your water and heating bills.
- Purchase a low-flow toilet and check for leaks. Install a low-toilet that uses 6 litres of water or less per flush compared to older toilets that use anywhere from 18 to 24 litres per flush. Another alternative is to place a toilet insert or weighted plastic bottle in the water tank. Check for leaks by adding food coloring or toilet testing tablets to the water tank and check to see if the colour spreads to the toilet bowl without flushing. A leaky toilet wastes water and can cost you $40 every three months.
- Manage household chores. Run automatic dishwashers using full loads only and set clothes washers to the appropriate level for the size of the load you are washing.
- Keep your showers short. Keep your showers under 5 minutes and install a low-flow showerhead. Low-flow showerheads use only 10 litres of water per minute compared to 30 litres per minute for older showerheads.
10 simple steps to help conserve water, have a look at our Water Conservation Rack Card.