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October 26th, 2009
City to distribute more HETs

The Caroma Sydney Smart 305 dual flush toilet.

STAFF REPORT

Once again, the City of San Marcos will distribute free high-efficiency toilets (HETs) to qualifying water customers.

San Marcos single family water customers living in houses built before 1994 qualify for the program. Those who qualify must replace existing high-volume toilets installed before 1994.

The free HET program was started in 2006 and has been held annually during the autumn months. Since 2006, almost 500 toilets have been given away, resulting in estimated water savings of 4.4 million gallons per year.

High-efficiency toilets, or HETs, use at least 20 percent less water than standard low-flow models.  They use about half as much water as the high-volume toilets made before federal plumbing standards went into effect in 1993.

Water savings are achieved through lower flush volumes and dual-flush technology. Dual-flush toilets offer two flush options to save water — a full flush for solid waste and a half flush for liquid waste.

The model of toilets that the city provides is the Caroma Sydney Smart 305 dual flush toilet. It was chosen because it has achieved the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WaterSense certification and because it has done very well in flush performance tests.

For more information go to the City of San Marcos website at www.sanmarcotx.gov/water, or contact Jan Klein with the city at (512) 393-8310.

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