DATE: November 8, 2011
CONTACT: Robert Rudolph, Broward County
Natural Resources and Planning Management
The Broward Water Partnership, a partnership between Broward County’s Natural Resources Planning and Management Division and 16 utility and municipal partners, was recently awarded $50,000 from the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) Water Savings Incentive Program.
The funds will be used to provide up to 500 $100 rebates to Broward residents that replace an older toilet currently using more than 1.6 gallons per flush (typically those installed prior to 1994) with high efficiency toilets that use 1.28 gallons per flush or less. The Water Savings Incentive Program funds are being matched by an additional 1,500 toilet rebates funded by the Partnership.
“We are grateful to the South Florida Water Management District for providing this additional funding for the Partnership’s rebate program. Conservation is a major part of water supply planning because it's much less expensive than developing new water supplies and it's something everyone can do,” said Natural Resources Planning and Management Director Jennifer Jurado. “The award of this grant clearly demonstrates the value of a shared commitment to water conservation and the benefits in working together as a region.”
Taking advantage of the high energy toilet rebate offer and other water-conserving devices being offered through the Partnership, such as low flow showerheads and faucet aerators, can help reduce household water savings by up to 30,000 gallons annually.
"Rebates extend the benefits of water conservation to all of our residents,” said Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs. “It provides an additional incentive to conserve and that’s our goal - to reduce potable water consumption so that future water supply demands are met in the most cost effective manner."
Rebates must be pre-approved, are limited in quantity, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The resident must live within a participating partner’s water service area. Only one rebate per qualifying household will be authorized. Other restrictions apply.
The Broward Water Partnership launched its rebate program on October 1, 2011. Further information about the program and to find out if you are eligible for a rebate or other water conserving device can be found at Conservationpays.com.