If you're looking to buy WaterSense products to help save water, the weekend of Oct. 5 - 7 might be a good time to do so. Georgia is offering a sales tax exemption during that period for any WaterSense-labeled products.
According to a press release, products that have earned the WaterSense label, including toilets, showerheads faucets, irrigation controllers and other products that carry the label, use at least 20 percent less water, and perform as well as, or better, than conventional models. This certification is given by independent third parties to verify that WaterSense products meet EPA criteria for water efficiency.
“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.”
Replacing a standard showerhead with a WaterSense-labeled one is reported to be able to save thousands of gallons of water a year. Replacing an old toilet with a water-efficient one reportedly will save more than two gallons a flush.
Besides saving money on the sales tax, residents who purchase a WaterSense-labeled toilet may also qualify for a rebate. Details about rebates, either directly or through the Metro Water District are available at www.northgeorgiawater.org/toiletrebate.
The sales tax holiday on WaterSense labeled products starts at midnight on Friday, Oct. 5 and continues 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. To search for WaterSense-labeled products, visit www.epa.gov/watersense/product_search.html.
Visit www.mydropcounts.org for other strategies for reducing water use.