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FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. -- The Board of Directors of the
Orange County Water District (OCWD) recently committed to increase
OCWD's participation in an ultra-low-flow toilet (ULFT) conservation
program that will replace 60,000 Orange County toilets per year with
free, new ULFTs. The program will help conserve 1,700 acre-feet of
water each year --enough to serve about 13,000 Orange County
In 1999, OCWD entered into an agreement with the Municipal Water
District of Orange County to distribute high quality ULFTs to single-
and multi-family residences within the OCWD service area. Since the
program's beginning in October 1999, nearly 43,000 ULFTs have been
distributed to families in north-central Orange County. This amount
represents 1,500 ULFTs more than projected, with water savings of
1,266 acre-feet or 412 million gallons of water per year.
Because of the program's success during the first year, OCWD has
announced it will contribute an additional $75,000 per year for the
purchase of 5,000 additional ULFTs per year. In the past, the ULFT
program required financial participation by consumers, but since
1999, the program has provided the toilets at no cost to consumers in
north-central Orange County.
"Since our area is highly dependent on water imported from distant
sources, we will be reducing our needs from these sources in the
future," said William R. Mills Jr., general manager of the Orange
County Water District.
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