October 5-7 is a good time to commit to saving water. That’s because purchases of WaterSense-labeled products will be exempt from state and local sales taxes.
WaterSense-labeled toilets, showerheads faucets, irrigation controllers and other products use at least 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than conventional models. Independent, third parties certify that products meet EPA criteria for water efficiency. Replacing a standard showerhead with a WaterSense-labeled one can save thousands of gallons of water a year. Replacing an old toilet with a water-efficient one will save more than two gallons a flush.
“Some people think a new showerhead won’t make a difference, but it does,” said Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin, chair of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District. “Every drop of water counts in metro Atlanta, and we can all do our part.”
WaterSense is a partnership program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that seeks to protect our nation's water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes and services. To search for WaterSense-labeled products, visit www.epa.gov/watersense/product_search.html.
Besides saving money on the sales tax, residents may who purchase a WaterSense-labeled toilet may qualify for a rebate. Details about which utilities offer rebates, either directly or through the Metro Water District are available at www.northgeorgiawater.org/toiletrebate.
Visit www.mydropcounts.org for other strategies for reducing water use.