DATE: March 6, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Kimberly Mayo
Natural Resources Planning and Management Division
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Dozens of local businesses are seeing substantial savings in their monthly water bills thanks to their participation in a program that rewards them for replacing water-wasting toilets with newer, water-saving models.
The program, called “Conservation Pays,” is sponsored by the Broward Water Partnership, which includes Broward County and 18 local governments and water utilities. The Partnership has a 20-year goal to save 30 million gallons of water a day.
In the last fiscal year alone, the program can account for 36.4 million gallons of water saved.
“These businesses have taken the proactive step of replacing older model toilets that are huge water wasters with new, water-saving models,” said Barbara Powell, Broward’s water resources manager. “By installing new toilets, these business owners received hundreds of dollars in rebates from the Broward Water Partnership, not to mention long-term savings on their water bills.”
One of the best success stories of the “Conservation Pays” program is the Waterbridge #6 Condo Association in Sunrise. They replaced all 138 of their older, water-wasting toilets with newer, water-efficient models. The result? The association is now saving approximately $2,000 per month off their water bill. And, as an added bonus, the new toilets sit higher, which is much easier for some of their older residents.
Here are some other examples of local businesses saving water and money with “Conservation Pay$” program:
• The Lakeview Apartments Group in Davie replaced all 20 of the toilets in their building with more water-efficient models. As a result, their water bill is down $500 a month, even at full capacity. The property manager encourages others to take advantage of this program because they will be “amazed at the savings.”
• SR Investments & Holdings in Coral Springs replaced half of their building’s toilets (5 of the 10), which resulted in a savings of $150 each month off their water bill. They now plan on replacing the other five toilets!
• Barry Vonada from the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Davie describes stewardship as handling God’s "gifts" – and water is one of those gifts. Although they have only replaced five of the schools many toilets, Vonada believes in the program and promotes it to their members for their own personal use.
• Terrona Apartments in Hallandale Beach have changed out five of their 22 toilets with newer models, saving $400 a month on their water bill already. Peter Ilich says that the best part of the program is “getting paid to save.”
• The folks at Frank Chiropractic Center saw their water use drop an entire billing level after they replaced the toilet in their office. The process was so easy, Wendy Frank decided to participate at home as well, by replacing two older toilets in her own home with water-efficient models.
• Neil Ferrara of Ferrara Holdings in Davie has told many people about the program, after installing eight new toilets in his Davie property. His advice to people who may be thinking about participating – “Do it!” He is so excited about the program that he is about to change out the toilets in his Fort Lauderdale property next.
• The water bill at Higgins Ocean Resort in Deerfield Beach usually ran around $200 a month, even with several vacancies. After replacing the three older toilets with water-saving models, their water bill now tops out at $180 a month, even with full occupancy.
• The Olympus Condo Association in Hallandale Beach replaced 12 toilets in total. According to the man who handled the application process with the city, he called the entire process “easy breezy!”
• Susan Kaufman with Southward Ho Properties, LLC in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea said that the program was “great and very easy to do.” They replaced all 12 of their toilets with newer versions.
To find out if your business qualifies for the rebate program, visit conservationpays.com and enter your address to check your eligibility.
With the help of the Broward Water Partnership, it has never been easier, or as affordable to conserve water, and these savings are available in homes as well. Be a part of the campaign to conserve water – and you’ll conserve some money in the process.