Starting in 2013, NYC’s Department of Environmental Protection will be offering a $125 voucher for those who wish to replace their water-guzzling old toilet for a toilet that uses less water. As stated in the DEP’s press release, the goal is to replace 800,000 toilets to reduce the city’s daily water consumption by 30 million gallons a day. (The city currently uses about 1 billion gallons to flush a day.)
The DEP is also seeking a company, presumably from the toilet-grinding industry, to help break down the old toilets and make the material usable for new porcelain products. This toilet recycling scheme isn’t all that new and, according to the city, “a similar rebate program from 1994 to 1997 that replaced 1.3 million toilets and reduced citywide water consumption by 90 million gallons per day.”
There’s one potential drawback: the decrease in water use could result in the city smelling like shit. When San Francisco implemented a similar rebate program the city started smelling like rotten eggs as a result of sewage backup. San Francisco then decided to combat the stink by pouring bleach in the sewage system.