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Love your throne on World Toilet Day

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Hopefully our panic-buying toilet paper days are over. But, oh, the rush on a well-stocked TP aisle in the early weeks of the pandemic! Goes to show that when the $#!+ hits the metaphorical fan, we know what’s important: TOILETS. 
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November 19th (today!) is World Toilet Day, a worldwide effort to raise awareness about barriers to clean water and sanitation. FACT: 3.6 billion people live without safely managed sanitation.i It’s easy to take that porcelain throne for granted, but toilets and sewers are essential for public health. At home, it’s a good reminder to appreciate your toilet. Here are a few ideas: 

  1. Check your toilet for leaks twice a year. Toilets leaks can waste thousands of gallons per month! (No one wants to see that utility bill!) To check for leaks, add 10 drops of food coloring inside your toilet tank and wait 10 minutes. If the dye color shows up in your toilet bowl, you have a leak. No food coloring at home? Order your free leak detection tablets! 

  1. Repair leaks. Check out this short video on how to repair a leaky toilet from our partners at the Regional Water Providers Consortium. If you own your home and qualify based on income, we can replace your toilet for free through the free Water Leak Repair Program.  

  1. Replace older toilets and get a $50 rebate. Older toilets can use up to four times more water per flush. The Portland Water Bureau currently offers a $50 rebate for replacing an old toilet or urinal with a WaterSense-labeled high-efficiency model. If you’re enrolled in the bill discount program, your rebate is $100. Commercial, residential, and multifamily properties are eligible. The old toilet or urinal MUST be recycled at an approved recycling center. Get the details on our toilet rebate page.  

Questions? Get in touch at conserve@portlandoregon.gov or 503 823-4527.