Seattle Public Utilities is helping low-income homeowners save money and water by offering free efficient toilets.
Qualified Seattle homeowners can have their old water-guzzling toilets replaced with free efficient models, helping to cut their utility bills and reduce water waste.
Toilets are the main source of water use in the home, accounting for about 30 percent of indoor water use. These efficient toilets use just 1.6 gallons per flush compared to the 3.5 gallons per flush or more used by toilets installed prior to 1994.
"Most households can easily save thousands of gallons of water and more than $100 a year on utility bills, just by installing these efficient toilets," said Tracey Rowland, program manager with Seattle Public Utilities.
To qualify for free toilets, properties must be within Seattle Public Utilities' service area, toilets must be installed before 1994 and the homeowner's household must earn less than 50 percent of the area median income.
Installation services are free for homeowners earning less than 30 percent of the area median income. Homeowners earning between 30 and 50 percent will be charged a small co-pay for installation services. For more info call 206-448-5751 or visit www.seattle.gov/util/services/water.