Richard J. Hall: Rebates flushed

November 25, 2013 

I participated in the Raleigh rebate program for the installation of low-flush toilets, having replaced three 1.6 gallon per flush toilets with new “Watersense” toilets that use 1.28 gallons per flush. The generous rebate of $100 each was incentive to replace two toilets that were still working, which I then donated to Habitat for Humanity.

However in the Nov. 12 N&O news article “Efficient toilet rebates to end,” I read where the service manager for Raleigh Plumbing and Heating said low-flush toilets “don’t work.” I find that statement very misleading. Some older 1.6 gpf models weren’t very good at handling larger volumes as they were hastily designed after the federal government mandated their use for conservation purposes. The new 1.28 gpf model now in my home does an amazing job as it has a larger diameter drain and flush valve and is quiet and quick. Toilet makers have dramatically improved their products. Don’t wait till after the rebate is gone. Save some water now.

Richard J. Hall


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