The Water Spot

The City's water conservation program coordinator will write about interesting information relating to City water projects, water reuse projects, water conservation program and rebates, drought information and timely news regarding water use within Round Rock.

Toilet Rebate Program Returns!

I wrote a blog back in November 2013 about the toilet rebate program ending and why it was ending.  In case you missed it, it was due to the State Plumbing Code changes that as of January 1, 2014, mandated that all toilets sold in the State of Texas must use 1.28 gallons of water per flush (gpf) or less.  That's down from the previous requirement of 1.6 gpf, so it's a small savings of water per flush, which can add up significantly depending on the number of people in the house or how many hours per day the house is occupied and the toilets are being used.

The happy news is that I get to announce now, that the efficient toilet rebate program been updated and funded, so it is now available again; you can participate as soon as you're reading this!  The changes are pretty minimal--only the age of the house has changed.  With the new program, the house (or any property) must be built before January 1, 2006.  The reason the date was changed to 2006 is because during the late 1990s and early 2000s the 1.6 gpf toilet was the most efficient toilet on the market, thanks to the previously mentioned laws.  Starting around 2004, 1.28 gpf toilets started making an appearance and have since grown to nearly take over the market.  Homes that were built in the time period of the late 90s - early 2000s can now get a little more efficient with their indoor water use.  That's good! 

Other program details are the same:   

  • Property must be a DIRECT water customer of the City of Round Rock (sorry, no MUD customers);
  • New toilet(s) must be from the EPA's WaterSense list, which are simple to locate in stores or on product packaging by looking for the WaterSense emblem (shown at right);
  • There is no limit on the number of toilets at a residence, simply one for one replacement.
  • Maximum rebate is $100/per toilet.
  • House or Property must be built prior to January 1, 2006.

Find the full details and the application form here or on the City's website on the Water Conservation Rebate page

The "catch", if there has to be one, is that if you've already replaced a toilet (or more) in the previous toilet rebate program, you aren't eligible to replace that same toilet again under this program.  Now let's start replacing those old toilets!   

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