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Love your throne on World Toilet Day

Can you imagine life without a toilet? FACT: 4.2 billion people live without safely managed sanitation[i]. It’s easy to take that porcelain throne for granted, but toilets and sewers are essential for public health.

November 19th (today!) is World Toilet Day, a worldwide effort to raise awareness about barriers to clean water and sanitation. At home, it’s a good reminder to appreciate your toilet.  Here are a few ideas:

  1. CHECK your toilet for leaks twice a year. Toilets leaks can waste thousands of gallons per month! (No one wants to      see that utility bill!) To check for leaks, add 10 drops of food coloring inside your toilet tank and wait 10 minutes. If the dye color shows up in your toilet bowl, you have a leak.
  2. REPAIR leaks. Check out this short video on how to repair a leaky toilet from our partners at the Regional Water Providers Consortium.
  3. REPLACE older toilets and get a $50 rebate. Older toilets can use up to four times more water per flush. The Portland Water Bureau currently offers a $50 rebate for replacing an old toilet or urinal with a WaterSense-labeled high-efficiency model. Commercial, residential and multifamily properties are eligible. The old toilet or urinal MUST be recycled at an approved recycling center. For complete rebate details, visit portlandoregon.gov/water/rebate.

Learn more about toilets and how to save water at home on November 23rd at Saving Water Makes Cents! This FREE workshop is offered in English and Spanish at Fix-it Fair. We love talking about toilets. After all, at 24% of indoor water use, toilets are the biggest water hogs in your home!  This 45-minute workshop covers simple repairs, how a toilet works, checking for leaks and more.  

Questions? Get in touch at conserve@portlandoregon.gov or 503 823-4527.