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Sales Tax Holiday Saves Water, Money

Showerheads, toilets and other products with WaterSense labels will be exempt from state and local sales taxes from Oct. 5-7.

Save water and save cents – or even dollars – on Oct. 5-7 as Georgia holds a sales tax holiday for WaterSense-labeled products.

Those products will be exempt from both state and local sales taxes.

Toilets, showerheads, faucets, irrigation controllers and other products that use at least 20 percent less water while still performing as well or better than conventional models get the WaterSense label. Independent third parties certify that products meet EPA criteria for water efficiency according to the Metropolitan North Georgia Water District.

“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.”

Replacement            Savings

Showerhead            Thousands of gallons a year

Toilet                        More than 2 gallons a flush (most new homes use low-flow toilets)

The savings could be even greater as residents who buy a WaterSense-labeled toilet may qualify for a rebate. Details about which utilities offer rebates, either directly or through the Metro Water District, are available online.

The following water providers participate in the Metro Water District’s Regional Toilet Rebate Program:

  • Bartow County Water Department
  • Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority
  • City of Cumming Department of Utilities
  • Forsyth County Dept. of Water and Sewer  
  • Fulton County Dept. of Public Works
  • City of Roswell
  • City of Woodstock Water and Sewer

The following water providers operate individual toilet rebate programs:

  • City of Ball Ground
  • City of Cartersville Water Department
  • Paulding County Water System

The sales tax holiday on WaterSense labeled products will start Friday, Oct. 5 at midnight and will continue through the weekend until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7. WaterSense-labeled products with a sales price of $1,500 or less purchased for noncommercial home or personal use during the sales tax holiday will be Georgia state and local sales tax-free.

WaterSense is a partnership program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that 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. Search for WaterSense-labeled products online on the EPA's website

Check out other water savings strategies online, too.

Neil Niekerk September 27, 2012 at 11:27 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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