City of Lakeland Water Utilities customers eligible to receive toilet rebates

News Release

City of Lakeland Water Utilities customers are still eligible to participate in a toilet rebate program aimed at conserving water.

The toilet rebate program, which is cooperatively funded by the city and the Southwest Florida Water Management District's Alafia River, Peace River and Hillsborough River Basin Boards, offers rebates to replace high-volume toilets with water-efficient, low-flow toilets or high-efficiency toilets. Low-flow toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush or less while high-efficiency toilets use about 1.28 gallons per flush.

The program will also offer participants water conserving replacement fixtures for high-volume indoor uses including 2.5-gallon-per-minute showerheads to replace those that use 4 gallons per minute or greater. Also included are faucet aerators that will reduce water use in sinks to 2.2 gallons per minute in kitchens and 1.5 gallons per minute in bathrooms.

Customers must be current city of Lakeland Water Utilities customers with toilets that were made and installed before 1995 and use 3.5 gallons of water or more per flush. Up to two toilets per household may be replaced. Rebates are up to $100 per toilet.

Participants must request a rebate application and receive approval before replacing their toilet. All program guidelines, including a post-installation inspection of both the old and new toilets, must also be followed.

This project is estimated to provide potable water savings of 82,656 gallons per day or 30.16 million gallons per year.

This program, which is in its second year, is expected to cost $293,260. As part of the agreement, the city of Lakeland will receive up to $146,630 in grant funding from the District's Peace River, Alafia River and Hillsborough River Basin Boards.

The program includes educational materials that focus on leak detection and proper flapper replacement to help consumers maximize the water-saving capabilities of their toilets.

For more information about the city of Lakeland Water Utilities Toilet Rebate Program, interested customers should call 1-888-843-9832.