6,000+ Free Low-Flow Toilets Installed for Local Residents

January 04, 2024

Grant funds still available to help qualifying residents, under-represented communities

More than 6,000 high-efficiency toilets have been installed free of charge for income-qualifying residents and those in under-represented communities across the region through a grant-funded program run by the San Diego County Water Authority.     

Funds remain to replace about 4,000 more outdated toilets with professionally installed, high- efficiency models at no cost to mobile home communities, multi-family units and income qualifying single-family homes. Smart irrigation controllers are also available at no cost through the program. To be eligible, participants must be residential customers within the Water Authority’s service area. Learn more and apply at Direct Install Program.   

“This is a great way for residents to get a free home upgrade that both conserves water and saves on water bills,” said Mel Katz, chair of the Water Authority’s Board of Directors. “Water affordability is a top priority for the Water Authority, and this program is one of many ways we are combatting inflationary pressures on water prices.” 

Over the last two years, the Water Authority helped secure $25 million to cover overdue residential water bills resulting from the economic impacts of COVID-19. In addition, the Water Authority also operates an industry-leading asset management program designed to avoid the extreme costs of emergency repairs on large-scale water pipelines. And, the agency is advocating in Washington, D.C., for federal funds to defray the cost of generational upgrades to local dams and reservoirs.

Through the Direct Install Program, toilets that use 1.6 gallons or more per flush are replaced with premium, high-efficiency models that use half the water. The program is entirely funded by more than $4 million in grants from the California Department of Water Resources’ Integrated Regional Water Management and Urban Community Drought Relief programs, and through Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. 

  • The San Diego County Water Authority sustains a $268 billion regional economy and the quality of life for 3.3 million residents through a multi-decade water supply diversification plan, major infrastructure investments and forward-thinking policies that promote fiscal and environmental responsibility. A public agency created in 1944, the Water Authority delivers wholesale water supplies to 23 retail water providers, including cities, special districts and a military base.

    Media Contact Information

    Grace Sevilla

    Phone: (619) 855-5135

    Email: GSevilla@sdcwa.org