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New low-flow toilet rebates available

Shawn Ansley of Home Hardware shows off one of their American Standard dual flush toilets at the Victoria Avenue store in 2009.

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Shawn Ansley of Home Hardware shows off one of their American Standard dual flush toilets at the Victoria Avenue store in 2009.

A program that gives Brandon residents $60 off the cost of a new toilet is ready to go next month.

The low-flow toilet credit program for 2014 will kick off April 1, providing homeowners in the city the opportunity to switch out old, inefficient toilets for new low-flow ones — and gaining a $60 water credit at the same time.

World Plumbing Day

Brandon announced its 2014 low-flow toilet program on World Plumbing Day — a day created by the World Plumbing Council three years ago to celebrate the important role that plumbing plays in the health and safety of modern society.

World Plumbing Day is marked every March 11.

The program is not for new builds or for commercial installations; it's only good for renovations where a high-flow toilet (which flushes 13–30 L of water at a time) is replaced by a low-flow toilet (flushing 6 L or less at a time).

"We’ve tried to set up a program that will benefit the environment but, at the same time, is as user-friendly for our residents as possible," said Tom Keep, the city's environmental initiatives manager.

The home's water bill must also be in current good standing to qualify for the rebate.

"All a qualifying participant has to do is purchase a low-flow toilet, either install it themselves or have a contractor/plumber do it for them, and then submit their receipts to the city of Brandon’s engineering department at City Hall. They’ll be asked to provide proof of installation and then sign a waiver ensuring they won’t be using the old toilet in another location," Keep said. "Once city staff are satisfied with a participant’s submission, a credit of $60 per toilet will be applied directly to their city of Brandon water bill. It’s just that easy."

There are 400 rebates available, on a first-come, first-served basis. The program will run to the end of 2014. Because it is not retoactive, toilet receipts dated before April 1, 2014, will not be eligible.

Funding for the program comes from the city's water utility fund. It's similar to a 2010 program that was partially funded by the province.

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