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High-Efficiency Toilets Saving Millions

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City of Riverside officials are touting recently installed high-efficiency toilets as modern day misers of water. They are saving millions of precious gallons in a program aimed at multi-family dwellings and hotels.

The Western Municipal Water District’s high-efficiency toilet installation program ended in June.

“Riverside Public Utilities urged some of their biggest water customers to take advantage of this program before it ended,” said City Councilmember Rusty Bailey.

“Eight of their customers installed 976 toilets in 13 different locations. The savings will be more than 13 million gallons with the first year and it didn’t cost the city or the customers anything.”

Customers included the Mission Inn, the University of California – Riverside, Mount Rubidoux Manor and the Quality Inn of Riverside.

Councilmember Bailey estimated that the total annual dollars savings for these customers will be $40,000.

“With that 40K, businesses can reinvest in their companies, make some capital improvements and create jobs,” he said.

It’s estimated that the toilets will save 270 million gallons of water over the next 20 years.

“It’s not only water we’re saving. It may also be saving a future for the next generation,” Councilmember Bailey added.

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