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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.


Neil Niekerk October 02, 2012 at 04:26 PM
The EPA has some wonderful ideas. They also seem to have some crackpot ideas, too. The City of San Francisco, is/was an early adopter of the EPA's WaterSense toilets. The City financed the installation of about 16,000 of these devices. They don't have sufficient flow of water through the sewer system to flush the waste. There are approximately 300,000 residences in San Francisco. Now, (no pun intended) there is a stink in San Francisco. Saving water is a great idea. Ruining one's home isn't. By trade I'm a writer of cookbooks and food articles for magazines. I say this as I don't own stock in a business related to water, plumbing fixtures, construction, architecture ... I'm trying to say I don't have a financial interest in what I write about at: http://high-efficiency-toilet.blogspot.com/ There I have tried to chronicle the development of how these low water use toilets came into existence and the consequences of violating the laws of physics, because politicians think that's a wise idea.

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