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Arlington is giving out efficient toilets

ARLINGTON -- Households in Arlington with older toilets are flushing away money.

So to help a family of four save up to $90 a year -- while also conserving water -- the city is giving away 500 toilets to residents this month so that they will replace their older toilets with more efficient models.

"With our population expected to double over the next 50 years, we must find ways to conserve water now so we can have a steady supply of water in the future. One way is to do toilet replacements," said Dustan Compton, the city's conservation program coordinator.

Toilets made before 1992 -- the date is usually underneath the tank lid -- can use 3.5 to 5 gallons per flush. Residents who have one must pre-qualify online before the Sept. 25 giveaway. Newer flush toilets use 1.28 gallons.

Arlington gave away 200 toilets last year and plans to distribute 600 free toilets a year during the next five years, Compton said. The toilets were funded through fees collected from water utility bills.

Toilets can be responsible for almost 30 percent of family's indoor water use, according to Arlington's Water Utilities Department.

Residents who receive a free toilet must have it installed within six weeks, Compton said. The toilets come with installation instructions for the do-it-yourselfers.

To register, visit www.SaveArlingtonWater.com.

Susan Schrock, 817-390-7639

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