Tax Holiday for Water Saving Products
The state has an upcoming tax holiday this weekend for home and personal products that are EPA-certified to use less water.
If you're loking to retrofit your house to save water, the state is offering a sales tax exemption on WaterSense products from Friday through Sunday.
WaterSense products are verified by the EPA to use 20 percent less water. Products include toilets, showerheads, faucets, irrigation controls and other products.
“Some people think a new showerhead won’t make a difference, but it does,” said Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin, chair of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District. “Every drop of water counts in metro Atlanta, and we can all do our part.”
Replacing a standard showerhead with a WaterSense-labeled one is reported to be able to save thousands of gallons of water a year. Replacing an old toilet with a water-efficient one reportedly will save more than two gallons a flush.
Besides saving money on the sales tax, residents who purchase a WaterSense-labeled toilet may also qualify for a rebate. Details about rebates, either directly or through the Metro Water District are available at www.northgeorgiawater.org/toiletrebate.
The sales tax holiday on WaterSense labeled products starts at midnight on Friday and continues until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. The products need to be for home or personal use and sold for less than $1,500 to qualify for state and local tax exemptions.
WaterSense is a partnership program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Learn more about it at www.epa.gov/watersense/product_search.html.
Also, visit www.mydropcounts.org for other strategies for reducing water use.