Posted on: Sep 28, 2016
Contact: Susan Grimes
(Atlanta – Sep 28, 2016)
Georgians can save money while they conserve water and energy during Georgia’s sales tax holiday for WaterSense and ENERGY STAR labeled products. This is a great time to take stock of your household water use and make changes that will yield savings for your home – and your wallet.
The tax holiday takes place Friday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 2. Products bearing the WaterSense or ENERGY STAR label and a price of $1,500 or less per item, purchased for noncommercial home or personal use, will be exempt from state and local sales taxes.
“We use more water in our homes than anywhere else, and purchasing WaterSense products is a great way to demonstrate that we are serious about conserving water in metro Atlanta,” said Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin, chair of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District. “WaterSense-labeled toilets, showerheads, faucets, irrigation controllers and other products are 20 percent more water-efficient and perform as well as or better than standard models.”
Mayor Austin added: “Since 2000, the Atlanta region has reduced per capita water usage by 30 percent. This significant reduction is due in large part to households replacing older, inefficient fixtures with high-efficiency models.”
WaterSense-labeled products offer significant savings:
- Replacing a standard showerhead with a WaterSense-labeled model can save thousands of gallons of water a year.
- Replacing an old toilet with a water-efficient unit will save more than two gallons a flush.
- Residents living in homes built in 1993 or earlier who replace an existing high flow toilet with a new WaterSense labeled model may qualify for a rebate from their local water utility.
More information on the Metro Water District Toilet Rebate Program is available at northgeorgiawater.org/toiletrebate.
Visit mydropcounts.org to learn more ways to reduce your water use. My Drop Counts is a program of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District.
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About the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District)
The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District is dedicated to developing comprehensive regional and watershed-specific water resources plans to be implemented by local governments in the 15-county metro Atlanta region, which includes Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale counties. These plans conserve public water supplies, protect water quality and recreational values of the waters and minimize potential adverse impacts of development on waters in and downstream of the region. Learn more at northgeorgiawater.org.
About the WaterSense Program
WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by EPA, seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services. Since the program began in 2006, WaterSense has helped consumers save 1.1 trillion gallons of water and $21.7 billion in water and energy bills. For more information about WaterSense, visit epa.gov/watersense.