Water Savings Program

NOTE: All available vouchers have been given out, however, applications are still being taken and will be put on a wait list in the event that some vouchers are not redeemed and therefore become available.

Water Savings Incentive Program 2014: Toilet Replacement

The City of West Palm Beach is accepting applications for this residential and commercial toilet replacement voucher program offered by the City of West Palm Beach Public Utilities Department.

Property owners whose homes or commercial buildings are located in the West Palm Beach water service area and were built prior to 1996 with toilets rated at 3.5 gallons per flush or greater may apply for this toilet replacement voucher program to receive a voucher good for up to $100 per toilet (maximum of 2 for residential properties and 4 for commercial properties) replaced by a WaterSense©, high efficiency toilet.

NOTE: In order to have the maximum water savings and benefit more individuals, there is a limit of 2 toilets per residence (this is over time, not per year).

Note: Multi-family residential properties require a residential application per unit even if owned by a commercial entity. It is the use of the property that matters, even if multiple units are on the same water meter, they may still be eligible separately. Vouchers for 1.28 gpf toilets will be issued for residential properties that meet the requirements. 

Please click on the applications links below for full details, requirements, and how to apply.

 

Happy Water Savings!

There are three ways to submit the application:

Mail your complete and signed application to:

City of West Palm Beach

Office of Sustainability

P.O Box 3366

West Palm Beach, FL 33402-3366

Print, Sign, Scan and email to: sustainability@wpb.org OR

Fax your signed application to: 561.494.1115

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30 Things You Can Do To Save Water

In the bathroom:

1. Shorten your shower.  A one or two minute reduction can save up to 700 gallons of water each month.  If possible take a shallow bath instead of a shower for even greater water savings.

2. Replace your showerhead with low-flow showerheads or install flow restrictors.

3. Put trash in the wastebasket  – don’t flush!  Each time you flush a small bit of trash you waste up to five to seven gallons of water.

4. Check for leaks in your toilets.  Drop a dye tablet in your toilet tank or add a few drops of food coloring and let stand for at least three hours.  If the color begins to appear in the bowl without flushing, your toilet has a leak and could be wasting thousands of gallons of water each year.  Repair those leaks!

5. When brushing your teeth, wet your toothbrush, then, turn off the water.

6. Rinse your razor in a partially filled sink instead of under a running tap.

7. Check faucets and pipes for leaks.  Replace worn washers.  Small drips from worn washers can waster 20 or more gallons a day.  Large leaks can waste hundreds or even thousands of gallons of water.

8. Put a plastic bottle in your toilet.  Fill the bottle with water and a small amount of pebbles (to weigh it down) and place it in your tank, away from operating mechanisms.  Your plastic bottle works like a displacement bag.

9. While waiting for your bath water to get warm, place a bucket under the faucet to catch the cold water and then use it to water your plants.

10. Building or remodeling your home?  Ensure only ultra-low flush (U.L.F.) toilets and faucets are installed.

In the kitchen and laundry:

11. Keep a bottle of water in the refrigerator for drinking.  Don’t run the tap waiting for cold water.

12. Rinse vegetables in a pan of water – not under a running tap.

13. Use your dishwasher and washing machine for full loads only.

14. Never leave the water running if you wash dishes by hand.  Fill one sink with soapy water and one with clear water.  If you have only one sink use a dish rack and rinse with hot water.

15. Use the smallest amount of detergent possible when washing dishes by hand.  This reduces the amount of water needed.

16. Check your kitchen/bath pipes and faucets for leaks and replace worn washers immediately.

17. Use the garbage disposal less and the garbage can more often.  Better yet, compost!

18. Defrost frozen foods in the microwave or refrigerator, instead of under running water.

Outdoors:

19. Water your lawn in the early morning based upon current water restrictions when there is less evaporation.

20. Plant drought-resistant native trees and plants.  There are many beautiful plants and trees that thrive on small amounts of water.

21. Don’t let your children play with the hose and sprinklers.

22. Place a layer of mulch around trees and plants.  Mulch slows evaporation of moisture and discourages weed growth.

23. Don’t water your lawn on a windy day to prevent excessive evaporation.

24. Set lawn mower blades on notch higher since longer grass means less evaporation.

25. If you have a pool, use a pool cover to cut down on evaporation.

26. Don’t water the sidewalk.  Adjust sprinklers so they miss the sidewalks, driveway, and street.

27. Water only when your lawn really needs it.  If the grass springs back after you step on it, there is no need to water it.

28. Check for leaks in hoses, faucets, pipes and couplings. Outside leaks can waste just as much as those inside.

29. Sweep sidewalks and driveways.  Don’t hose them down.

30. Wash your car with a pail of soapy water, not a running hose.  Use the hose for rinsing only.

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Past Programs:

WaterSIP 2013

The City of West Palm Beach is accepting applications for this residential and commercial toilet replacement voucher program offered by the City of West Palm Beach Public Utilities Department.

Property owners whose homes or commercial buildings are located in the West Palm Beach water service area and were built prior to 1996 with toilets rated at 3.5 gallons per flush or greater may apply for this toilet replacement voucher program to receive up to $100 per toilet (maximum of 2 for residential properties and 4 for commercial properties) replaced by a WaterSense©, high efficiency toilet.

Please see the applications for details, requirements, and how to apply.

Residential Water SIP Voucher Application

Commercial Water SIP Voucher Application

Happy Water Savings!

Please mail your application to:

City of West Palm Beach
Office of Sustainability
P.O Box 3366
West Palm Beach, FL 33402-3366
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WaterSIP 2012

The City of West Palm Beach is accepting applications for this residential toilet replacement voucher program offered by the City of West Palm Beach Public Utilities Department. Property owners whose homes are located in the West Palm Beach water service area and were built prior to 1996 with toilets rated at 3.5 gallons per flush or greater may apply for this toilet replacement voucher program to receive up to $100 per toilet (maximum of 2) replaced by a WaterSense©, high efficiency toilet. Please see Water SIP Voucher Application for details and how to apply. Happy Water Savings! Please mail your application to:

 City of West Palm Beach
 
Office of Sustainability
 
P.O Box 3366
 
West Palm Beach, FL 33402-3366
 
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WaterSIP 2011

The City of West Palm Beach, with matching funds from the South Florida Water Management District, offered the following FREE programs to help residents and businesses/institutions save WATER and MONEY:

RESIDENTIAL:

FREE Showerhead and Aerator Exchange Program

Exchanged showerheads and bathroom/kitchen aerators for new high-efficiency fixtures!

Water Efficient Kit Highlights:

  • Free massaging high-efficiency showerheads, 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm).
  • Free high-efficiency bathroom and kitchen faucet aerators.
  • Reduces water, sewer, and electric bills.

Participation Requirements:

To receive new products:

  • Must be a WPB water customer:  Single-family, multi-family, or apartment.
  • Provide a copy of your water bill or proof of address.
  • Must bring your existing fixtures.
  • Each residence may exchange 1 showerhead, 1 kitchen faucet aerator, and up to 2 bathroom faucet aerators.

 

COMMERCIAL:

FREE Pre-Rinse Spray Valve Replacement Program

WPB Public Utilities  Customers: Restaurants, Commercial Kitchens and Institutional Facilities were invited to participate in a water conservation program to save up to $1,000 annually!

Program Highlights/ participation Requirements:

  • Receive a free pre-rinse spray valve with free installation!
  • High-efficiency valve:  1.28 gallons per minute @ 60psi (standard is 2 to 6 gpm).
  • Water, Sewer, and Energy Savings.
  • Product has passed FSTC Cleanability Test, endorsed by Green Restaurant Association, stainless steel and solid brass construction with a 5-year warranty.
  • You must have an existing hose and spray valve rated at 2.0 gpm or higher.

 

Valve Usage      Water Savings     Gas Savings      Potential Annual $ Savings

1 hour/day           60 gallons                0.5 therms            $300 – $350

2 hours/day        120 gallons             1.0 therms             $600 – $700

3 hours/day        180 gallons             1.5 therms             $900 – 1,050