The state of Georgia on Oct. 2-4 will sponsor a sales tax-free weekend for the purchase of WaterSense and ENERGY STAR labeled products with a sales price of up to $1,500.
“The purchase of WaterSense products for the home is one more way residents can demonstrate how serious the region is about water conservation in metro Atlanta,” said Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin, chair of the District.
According to the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, per capita water usage in the region has decreased by more than 30 percent since 2000. This reduction is due in large part to the conversion from old inefficient products to water-efficient fixtures.
“We use more water in our homes than anywhere else,” Austin said. “WaterSense-labeled toilets, showerheads, faucets, irrigation controllers and other products use at least 20 percent less water, and can significantly contribute to both water and money savings. Not only that, new models often outperform older, conventional models.”
Replacing a standard showerhead with a WaterSense-labeled fixture can save thousands of gallons of water a year. Replacing an old toilet with a water-efficient model will save more than two gallons a flush. Residents living in a home built in 1993 or earlier who replace an existing high-flow toilet with a new WaterSense model, may qualify for a rebate from their local water utility. More information on the Metro Water District Toilet Rebate Program is available at www.northgeorgiawater.org/toiletrebate.
Visit www.mydropcounts.org for other strategies for reducing water use. My Drop Counts is a water conservation program developed by ARC and the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District.
About the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District)
The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District is the planning organization dedicated to developing comprehensive regional and watershed-specific water resources plans to be implemented by local governments in the 15-county metro Atlanta region, which include Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale counties. These plans protect water quality and public water supplies, protect recreational values of the waters and minimize potential adverse impacts of development on waters in and downstream of the region.