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 that use as much as 6 gallons per flush also happen to be a major source of wasted water in many homes.
Recent advancements have allowed toilets to use 1.28 gallons per flush or less while still providing equal or superior performance. This is 20 percent less water than the current federal standard of 1.6 gallons per flush. The WaterSense label is used on toilets that are independently certified to meet rigorous criteria for both performance and efficiency. Only water–saving toilets that complete the certification process can earn the WaterSense label.
By replacing old, inefficient toilets with WaterSense labeled models, the average family can reduce water used for toilets by 20 to 60 percent—that’s nearly 13,000 gallons of water savings for your home every year! They could also save more than $110 per year in water costs, and $2,200 over the lifetime of the toilets.
Nationally, if all old, inefficient toilets in the United States were replaced with WaterSense labeled models, we could save 520 billion gallons of water per year, or the amount of water that flows over Niagara Falls in about 12 days.
Look for the WaterSense Label!
Whether remodeling a bathroom, starting construction of a new home, or simply replacing an old, leaky toilet that is wasting money and water, installing a WaterSense labeled toilet is a high-performance, water-efficient option worth considering. WaterSense labeled toilets are available at a wide variety of price points and a broad range of styles and in many areas, utilities offer rebates and vouchers that can lower the price of a WaterSense labeled toilet.
Are you a manufacturer interested in labeling your high-efficiency toilet, or a retailer or distributor interested in selling WaterSense labeled toilets? Please visit the Final Specification for Toilets page for more detailed information.
Residential toilet replacement program
For home, condo, trailer, and townhouse owners and tenants
One of the easiest plumbing home improvements you can do is replacing your old toilet. If you’re interested in doing some home renovations to your bathroom, we recommend switching from your old toilet to a Water-Sense labelled, high efficiency toilet.
When you make the switch, you could be eligible for a $50 rebate
In addition to our $50 subsidy, these toilets use less water which means you’ll see savings of up to $100 or more on your water bill every year.
STEP ONE: Are you eligible?
Is your address eligible for the toilet rebate program? Check if your address is eligible.
STEP TWO: Find your new toilet
Buy a toilet with a WaterSense label and keep the receipt.
Ask for help locating a WaterSense toilet at your hardware store or view this list of toilets.
You can also find tips for choosing WaterSense toilets by visiting choosing your high-efficiency toilet.
STEP THREE: Remove your old toilet
Remove your old toilet and install your new toilet.
Please note: your old toilet(s) needs to be 13 litres or more to be eligible. Learn how to check how many litres your toilet uses.
STEP FOUR: Keep your receipt
Scan or take a picture of your receipt(s). Please make sure that the toilet model number and/or SKU as well as the date of purchase are both visable.
STEP FIVE: Apply online for your rebate
You can also print an application form for mail or fax. If you are mailing or faxing your application, please include your original toilet purchase receipts. Rebate cheques will be mailed to the address indicated on your application.
Looking for more assistance?
For support with the application process or if have any further questions, please contact 311 or fill out our online service request.
You can also find more information about this program in the terms and conditions.
Please note: If you own or manage a residential building with three or more units, please visit the Multi-unit Toilet Rebate Program.
Dispose of Toilets
Landfill hours and locations in Calgary
Calgary residents can take residential waste, household chemicals and some recyclables to any of The City’s three sanitary landfill sites. Looking to dispose of yard waste like leaves and branches? Visit our spring cleaning page.
For details about our holiday operations, please see the landfill holiday schedule.