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Redwood City Mayor to “Smash Old Water Wasters” and Unveil New FREE Low-Flow Toilets

Redwood City, CA - October 14 , 2004 - Redwood City Mayor Jeff Ira will ceremoniously demolish the City’s older water-wasting toilets, and unveil a sample of the new low-flow toilets that the City is distributing later this month FREE to Redwood City water customers.

  • WHEN: Thursday, October 14, 2004, 11:00 am
  • WHERE : The parking lot at the Public Works Services building, 1400 Broadway (between Woodside Road and Chestnut Avenue)
  • WHAT : See Mayor Jeff Ira wield his powers to destroy a typical, old water-wasting toilet, and to present one of the new, high-quality, innovative two-button dual flush models that are being given away to Redwood City residential water customers

The City’s Low-Flow Toilet Giveaway is designed to help residents replace old toilets that use five-to-seven gallons per flush, with new ultra low-flow models that use only 0.8 to 1.6 gallons per flush.

One thousand FREE ultra low-flow toilets will be given away on October 23 rd and 30 th to Redwood City water customers in exchange for their old high water-use toilets. Customers will be responsible for installing their new toilets and returning their old toilets to the City for recycling. To qualify for this free toilet giveaway program, applicants must be a Redwood City water customer and live in a single-family household. It’s easy for residents to get a free low-flow replacement toilet – they just call the City’s Water Conservation Hotline at 780-7436 to schedule a time to pick up their free toilet. Then, on October 23rd or 30th residents can pick up their new low-flow toilet, and start saving water, and money!

These toilets give residents the choice to flush 1.6 gallons for solid waste and a remarkably-low 0.8 gallons for liquid waste. That results in up to 67% additional water savings over other low flow toilets. The free toilets are valued at approximately $400 retail.

The Low Flow Toilet Giveaway is part of the City’s Toilet Replacement Program, which aims to reduce water use throughout the community. The City plans to replace 12,250 older high water-use toilets over the next three-years, which will produce water savings estimated at over 100 million gallons of water per year. Most homes in Redwood City are still using at least one older water-wasting toilet that may be using up to 5 or even 7 gallons per flush. Comparing that water usage to the latest 1.6-gallons (or less) per-flush models, it’s easy to see that a lot of our precious water is literally going down the drain, and our hard-earned dollars with it.

For water saving tips, a free SMART Home Water Conservation Kit, to schedule a free SMART Home Water Use House Call, or to apply for one of the1,000 free low-flow toilets, water customers should call the Redwood City Water Conservation Hotline at 780-7436 or go to Visit Redwood City’s website at for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, City government, and local business.


Manny Rosas
Public Works Superintendent
(650) 780-7436




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