Many Water Departments encourage water efficiency by offering residential rebates for water efficient toilets and clothes washers, and by offering free water efficient showerheads and faucet aerators.
Click here to see a list of rebates for the towns of Boston (Hyde Park, Mattapan, and Dorchester), Canton, Dedham, Dover, Foxborough, Medfield, Milton, Norwood, Quincy, Randolph, Sharon, Stoughton, Walpole, Westwood.
Be sure to contact your Water Department, prior to making a purchase, to see if they offer rebates!
When purchasing water appliances, make sure to look for the WaterSense label. WaterSense is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program that seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering water-efficient products. More at www.epa.gov/watersense
Interesting facts about water use…
- Toilets are the single largest water user in a household.
- Over the course of your lifetime, you will likely flush the toilet nearly 140,000 times.
- Toilets built before 1992 can use anywhere between 3.5 and 7 gallons of water per flush. Under current federal law, new toilets must not exceed 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf).
- High-efficiency, third party tested WaterSense labeled toilets go beyond the standard and use less than 1.3 gpf.
- If you install a high efficiency toilet, you can save up to 4,000 gallons per year.
- If you haven’t replaced your toilet in over twenty years, it’s time to purchase a water efficient toilet.
- The average older model, top loading clothes washer uses about 40 gallons of water per load, while newer, more water efficient clothes washers use less than 20 gallons of water per load, without sacrificing cleaning performance.
- Replacing a standard showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model, will reduce the average family’s annual energy and water costs by nearly $70 and save 2,900 gallons of water per year—the amount of water it takes to wash more than 70 loads of loads of laundry.
- Faucets account for more than 15% of indoor household water use—more than 1 trillion gallons of water across the United States each year.
- Although federal law requires that new faucets not exceed 2.2 gallons per minute (gpm) at 60 psi, older faucets can flow at rates as high as 3 to 7 gpm.
- Dripping faucets can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water a year, while leaky toilets can waste up to 200 gallons per day?
TIP: If you’re not ready to purchase a new faucet, but still want to save water, you can replace an older aerator with a water saving model. Try a 1.5 gpm in the kitchen and a .5 gpm in the bathroom, and begin saving water immediately!
Faucet aerators, which are located at the end of a faucet, mix air and water to create a water flow that is consistent and splash free. Most faucets have aerators, or have threads on the inside or outside of the faucet to accept an aerator.