The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the largest municipal utility in the nation, recently approved an extension of energy efficiency programs and increased water-saving incentives to its commercial/industrial customers for the replacement of non-water saving toilets with ultra-low-flush toilets.
LADWP will raise its rebate amounts to $250 for a flushometer-type, ultra-low-flush toilet (ULFT) and $175 for a tank-type ULFT, increased from the current $120 rebate for all types of ULFTs.
Initially, the program began in December 2000 through a partnership with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). It funded up to $90 of each rebate while LADWP paid the balance.
The municipality reported that water savings from ultra-low-flush toilets already have amounted to 41 million gallons annually among its large customers, and has resulted in the installation of 4,780 ULFTs
The increased rebate levels go into effect January 2003 and are anticipated to spark greater participation by offsetting more of the costs incurred by customers.
Specific information about the approved incentive payments is provided on the LADWP Green LA Web site at www.GreenLA.com.