March 22, 2012 is World Water Day. Did you know? Despite living in a semi-arid climate and having just gone through one very long drought, you would think water would be more on everyone’s mind – not just farmers, ranchers and those concerned with the immense use of water by fracking companies.
Laredo does have a water conservation branch through the City of Laredo’s Utilities Department. Some of you may have heard that a new program was kicked off that will give residents a REBATE for buying a HET (a high efficiency toilet). Why? Well, to save water, claro. The rebate forms are attached in PDF form as follows: the HET Rebate Application, the HET Rebate Terms & Conditions, HET Landlord Consent Form and HET List of WaterSense Labeled Toilets.
This is a great opportunity to throw in your granito de arena (grain of sand) into the predicted water shortages we will someday encounter. After all, the Rio Grande, our major source of household water, is classified as an endangered river. I would elaborate a bit more but I have a day trip I am already late for.I would just ask the city, so do I get a rebate after having just bought a conversion kit to make my toilet a low-flow toilet? I haven’t installed it yet. Ok, ok, maybe I should just return it and consider one of these other toilets since water conservation was my goal whether with a conversion kit or a watersense toilet. Happy flushing and the best thing you can do is to help in water conservation that you can do at home.