Gallatin County, Montana
Through a partnership with the city of Bozeman, area businesses, nonprofits and private citizens, the Toilet Tradeout program allowed people to trade in their old toilets for water-efficient models at a reduced cost. EPA WaterSense certified toilets were available for purchase for $149 at the swap, approximately half the original price. In addition, city residents then qualified for a rebate from the city of Bozeman which awarded $75 for every high-efficiency, pre-1996 toilet replaced. Area plumbers agreed to charge a flat fee of $150 to remove the old models and install the new toilets. The actual toilet swap ran for 43 days, in which residents could exchange the models at a local plumbing supplier. A donated dumpster was set up for disposal of the older models. Instead of going to the landfill, the toilets were then taken to a Belgrade gravel yard to be ground up for pavement. The City of Bozeman rebate program runs continuously.
The program was very well received by the community. In the past year it has saved the city an estimated 3 - 3 ½ million gallons of water. The Toilet Tradeout was designed to kickstart the city rebate program and raise awareness of water conservation. Over a year after the event, the city still receives approximately one rebate application each week.
Details of Reductions
Additional Information :
Program Budget: $50,000 to fund the rebate program and advertise the event. Barriers encountered: A marginal number of citizens were concerned with the use of city utility dollars to fund a conservation program. The overwhelming response was positive, however. Suggestions: Only 2 models were available for purchase at the Toilet Tradeout. The City of Bozeman toilet rebate program features over 200 EPA-certified models for residents to choose from in order to provide a greater range of choices.