City of Raleigh flushes toilet rebate program
Posted November 7, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — After thousands of toilets and billions of flushes, the City of Raleigh is closing the lid on its toilet rebate program.
Officials said Thursday that the program is no longer financially sustainable, and they will stop offering rebates after Jan. 1.
The program, which began in 2009, provides $100 to residents who replace water-hogging toilets with high-efficiency models. Since the program began, more than 12,000 toilets have been replaced.
But the program is now costing more money than it is saving for several reasons, officials said. Most toilets available for purchase are low-flow, and overall water demand in Raleigh has been steadily declining because of conservation, the economic downturn and other factors.
Officials said they will focus outreach efforts on providing free water-efficient shower heads and faucet aeraters for utility customers who want to trade in older models.