Toilet rebate program a success – update

Photo: Thousands of toilets sit at the Public Works yard, and are ready to be dismantled – submitted.


By staff

The City says it has saved 87 million litres of water in 2009 because of the implementation of the toilet subsidy program.

Ever since 2006, the program has been giving rebates to residents who purchase a new ultra low-volume toilet. The program officially ended on March 31st, and more than 3,500 old toilets have been discarded at the Public Works yard.

Now, the city needs to dismantle each toilet, and crush the porcelain that will be turned into backfill for various projects around the community.

Youth from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have volunteered to help out.

The Youth Conference will be held in Fort St. John this year, and more than 60 kids will be coming to the area. The conference includes time for youth to participate in a community service, and organizers have chosen to dismantle the toilets as one of their projects.

In a news release sent on Friday, the City says the drop in water demand last year translates into a savings of millions of dollars.
As a result, it says for the foreseeable future, reservoir expansions will no longer be necessary.



Update: Incorrect information in a news release sent from the City indicated the water savings to be 750 million litres of water since 2006. That figure is actually the savings of water in 2009, and is due largly to the implimentation of water meters. However, Low flow toilets have saved about 87 million litres of water. The information has since been corrected.

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