West Kern Water District, Cooper's True Value team up to help you replace old toilet with more efficient one to conserve water

Water conservation is a top priority for Taft residents and old, inefficient toilets can be a big source of water waste. That‚s why West Kern Water District (WKWD), the Water Association of Kern County , PG&E and Cooper's True Value Home Store are teaming up to help WKWD customers "junk" their old, inefficient toilets and get new toilets at little or no cost.
West Side Waste management is alos helping out by hauling off the old toilets
Junk Your John Day will be held at WKWD's parking lot at 800 Kern St. from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 6. Only customers of WKWD may participate. Customers must own or rent a home in the district and are allowed to bring up to 3 old, inefficient toilets in to the event. Or, an apartment or multi-housing unit owner can participate, with a limit of 6 toilets per complex. Residents must provide a drivers license or a WKWD bill in order to participate in the event.
A maximum of 40 toilets will be replaced on October 6.
Older, inefficient toilets which have a bowl and tank qualify to be traded in must have an efficiency rating of 3.5 gallon per flush or more. (The inside of the toilet tank contains this information, or it may be stamped above the seat.). When WKWD customers bring these old toilets to the event, they will fill out required paperwork and be given a $150 voucher for a new, efficient toilet from Cooper‚s True Value Home Store.
These new toilets are certified under the Water Sense program, a program designed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Products that bear the WaterSense label meet all the criteria in EPA‚s specifications for water efficiency and performance. Generally speaking, WaterSense labeled products will be about 20 percent more water efficient than conventional models in the same category.
Eric Cooper, owner of Cooper's True Value Home Store, said helping the community achieve better water conservation is important.
"It's a unique community service and we‚ve always enjoyed working with water districts on projects and this is a great way to give exposure to some of the new products that we sell" he said.
Junk Your John Day will also include some fun activities, he said, plus vendors of other water conservation products will be on hand.
Harry Starkey, general manager at WKWD said the district takes water conservation very seriously.
"This program makes new water for the district. With the problems in the Delta, every drop counts," said Starkey.
The Water Association of Kern County will also be on hand for Junk Your John Day and will have some water information and trivia games with prizes at the event.
Toilets are by far the main source of water use in the home, accounting for nearly 30 percent of an average home‚s indoor water consumption.
Older, inefficient toilets also happen to be a major source of wasted water in many homes. Replacing these toilets with WaterSense labeled toilets could save nearly 2 billion gallons per day across the country – that's nearly 11 gallons per toilet in each home every day.
By retrofitting an entire bathroom with WaterSense labeled fixtures, homeowners can save even more.