The legend of the $4 toilet

It's no fable. Last year, Denver Water provided rebates for nearly 12,000 water-efficient toilets.

February 2, 2015 | By: Travis Thompson
Rebates are available to customers who receive a water bill from Denver Water or one of these Master Meter districts.
Rebates are available to customers who receive a water bill from Denver Water or one of these Master Meter districts.

Have you heard about the $4 toilet? The tale originated with Vanessa McGrady, a Forbes Magazine contributor with “consumer superpowers.”

In the story, McGrady struggles with her nine-year-old toilet to the point of needing to double- and triple-flush. After numerous DIY attempts to fix it and a call to a local plumber, she decides she’s had enough. She purchases a toilet for $129, uses the $125 rebate from her water provider and is left on the hook for a mere $4.

Check it out: The Story of the $4 Toilet And 7 Other Ways To Save The World 

But this is no fable. Water providers across the country offer rebates when customers install water-saving devices. In 2014, Denver Water provided rebates for nearly 12,000 WaterSense toilets — saving an estimated 140 million gallons of water.

Even Denver Water customers who may not see their water bill, like apartment and condo dwellers, are still eligible for a rebate.

“These customers can make a huge impact,” explained Jeff Tejral, Denver Water’s manager of Conservation. “I challenge them to not only contact their community manager to upgrade the toilet in their unit, but to have the entire complex upgraded. It’ll reduce the water and electric bills.”

By following the seven water-saving tips at the end of McGrady’s story, in combination with our Tips and Tools, you have everything you need to help “save the world,” one drop at a time.

And, sharing the legend of the $4 toilet is a great place to start.

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