In recent years, there's been a shift towards more water efficient bathroom fixtures. Many toilets, showerheads, and faucets - once high-flow and water-wasting — are being replaced with low-flow, water-efficient models in homes across the country. So to what do we owe this shift? Manufacturers, governments, utilities, retailers, and consumers have all played a role in this market transformation. Here's how:
Manufactures: Technological advancement is one of the most important contributors to the growing trend of going low-flow. Manufacturers are continually testing and creating products using new technologies to reduce the flow of water. From low-flow toilets, faucets, and showerheads, to dual flush converters and clothes washers, manufacturers continue to innovate and help reduce our water consumption.
Governments & Utilities: The Government of British Columbia has already updated its building code to require residents replacing a toilet or building a new home to buy a toilet with a maximum flush volume of 4.8L. Other provincial and municipal governments and utility companies offer incentives to Canadians for replacing high-flow fixtures. Rebates and utility credits are common across Canada, ranging up to $100 for low-flow toilets. Today, there are over fifty municipal toilet rebate programs in Canada. However, funding is always changing so if your municipality offers a rebate and you're still using a water guzzling bath fixture, now may be the time to cash-in. The City of Toronto and the City of Ottawa's successful toilet rebate programs have both come to an end, so don't miss out if a rebate is available to you now.
Retailers: Retailers like The Home Depot are responsible for connecting the dots: offering best in class products that bear credible certifications; educating customers about water conservation and water efficient products; and partnering with governments and utilities to further incentivize customers. For example, The Home Depot is continuing to phase out 13L and 6L toilets and is transitioning to high efficiency (<4.8L) and dual-flush models.
And, in August, The Home Depot is hosting its Eco Options Go Low Flow event*. During the weekend of August 18 and 19, 2012, Home Depot stores across Canada will offer 30% off select high efficiency toilets. Check out www.eco-options.ca/golowflow for a complete list of featured products and to see if municipal rebates are available in your area. This is a great opportunity to complete your whole bathroom project.
Consumers: Of course, consumers play an important role as we continue to change our water use habits. In 2007, less than half of Canadian households (42%) were using a 6L or less toilet, and 64% of Canadian households were using low-flow showerheads. The more consumers choose and demand water efficient products, the faster they will become the standard. The WaterSense certification and logo makes choosing the best-in-class products easy, since all WaterSense labelled products are at least 20% more efficient than standard products, without compromising performance.
*Off our regular prices. Offer valid on select single purchase of dual-flush and low-flow toilet article #s 1000669709, 1000671161, 1000719868, 1000671249. Some exceptions apply. Quantities are limited. White toilets only. Limit of 5 per customer. While supplies last. No substitutions or rain checks.