Gwinnett reaches toilet rebate milestone

The Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources has reached a milestone of 20,000 toilet rebates, contributing one-fifth of the total rebates issued in the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District since the program started in 2007. The district recently announced participating water providers have replaced 100,000 old, inefficient toilets in metro Atlanta with more efficient models through a retrofit program.

Pegasus Residential installed Gwinnett’s 20,000th toilet at Spring Lake Apartments in Norcross in June. According to Lindy Ware, Pegasus Residential CEO, in addition to the county’s rebate savings, they have seen water bill savings of 23 to 33 percent per month in each community.

Residents of single-family households built before 1993 who replace existing toilets with water-efficient units can receive a $100 rebate per toilet. The program expanded to multi-family residences in 2012.

In addition, Gwinnett has kept more than 384 tons of old and broken toilets from ending up in a landfill. The porcelain from recycled toilets is turned into a stone aggregate that can be used for construction projects.