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Redwood City’s Toilet Replacement Program Offers FREE Low-Flow Toilets, FREE Installation, and FREE Removal of Old Water-Wasting Toilets

Redwood City, CA - May 24 , 2005 - The City of Redwood City is embarking on a campaign to save 100 million gallons of water annually – all of it from replacing old water-wasting toilets with the latest low-flow water-efficient models.

The Toilet Replacement Program has now been approved by the City Council, and it’s simple for Redwood City single family, multifamily, and commercial water customers to get a free brand new toilet installed, and start saving water today. This effort is part of Redwood City’s aggressive water conservation program.

To qualify, you must be a Redwood City water customer and have an existing old toilet that uses 3.5 gallons per flush (GPF) or more. Toilets made before 1992 use anywhere from 3.5 to 5 GPF. Click here to determine a toilet's GPF.

Those water customers with one or more of these older toilets can then simply call the City’s Water Conservation Hotline at 780-7436 and an application form will be sent – all the specific information about the toilet choices and application process are also available online.

After the City receives and approves the application, the City’s contractor, S.J. Water Conservation Corp., will call to make an appointment with the water customer, and then a professional technician will visit the home, remove the old water-wasting toilet, install the new high-performance low-flow toilet, and take away the old toilet for recycling. Redwood City’s commercial water customers can also get the appropriate style of ultra low-flush toilet – an important business element in saving water, and money.

Participants get their choice of conventional gravity-style toilet, or high-tech pressure assisted toilet. They also get free installation of water-efficient showerheads and faucet aerators to save even more water.

Visit Redwood City’s award-winning website at for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and City government.


Manny Rosas
Public Works Superintendent
(650) 780-7436

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