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Lakeland Water Utilities Offering toilet rebate

LAKELAND – The City of Lakeland is currently offering a rebate up to $100 toward the purchase of an efficient water saving toilet. Older toilets us more than 3.5 gallons per flush and newer units use a water conserving 1.28 gallons per flush. Switching to a newer, low-flush unit will help meet water conservation needs. Using less water ultimately results in lower water bills.

In order to qualify, a homeowner must be a City of Lakeland Water Utility customer. Homes with private water wells do not qualify for this program. Toilets being removed must currently use 3.5 gallons per flush or more. The newer replacement toilets must use 1.28 gallons per flush and be recognized as a Watersense unit. Toilets installed prior to October 2017 do not qualify. Limit is two toilet rebates per household for residential customers.

A City of Lakeland Water Utility customer can follow these steps to see if their current toilet qualifies for a rebate. Homes built before 1989 with the original toilets typically have high-flow units. Low-flow toilets are in homes built after 1995 or if a homeowner purchased toilets after 1995. An easy way to see if a toilet is high-flow or low-flow is to look behind the seat hinge on the bowl to see the listed GPF. If the GPF is 3.5, 5 or 7 then the toilet is high flow and qualifies for a rebate. If the GPF is 1.6 or 1.28 the toilet is low-flow and does not qualify.

Homeowners can also take the tank lid off and check the inside back of the tank to review the manufacture’s date stamp. If the year is 1989 or before then the toilet qualifies. If the year is 1995 – present, then the toilet is low-flow and does not qualify. To find out more about the rebate program and to fill out the application, visit the link below.