Did you know that replacing a typical single-flush toilet with an efficient dual-flush unit alternative can save the average three-person household about 40,000 litres of water per year, bringing an annual saving of $82?
Now Tweed Shire Council is giving local residents encouragement to upgrade any remaining single-flush or older-style dual-flush toilets in their home by offering a $200 subsidy.
Single-flush toilets typically use about 12 litres per flush, compared to three litres per half flush and 4.5 litres per full flush for a new 4-star WELS-rated dual flush suite.
The council’s demand management program leader, Elizabeth Seidl, says there are a few criteria to qualify for the rebate, including the type of toilet installed, where it is purchased and who installs the suite.
They can be purchased from any plumber or plumbing/hardware retailer, as long as they are new and four-star WELS-rated, and the plumber or retailer has provided a receipt or account/invoice for the purchase.
‘A number of local retailers are offering the rebate at point of sale,’ she said.
‘Others will require payment up front, then the purchaser can lodge an application with Council for the rebate.
‘We have backdated the rebate offer to 1 July, so people who have purchased and installed an eligible toilet since then can submit an application to receive the assistance.’
Tweed Shire Council has also extended the existing Residential Water Saving Rebate for water-saving showers, aerators, spouts, mixers and flow controllers until 30 June 2013.
For more information about rebate conditions, participating retailers and how to apply for the rebate, visit Council’s website www.tweed.nsw.gov.au or call 02 6670 2400.