Palmetto offers cash to help residents save money and water

The city of Palmetto is offering a new rebate program to get utility customers to conserve water while making the switch to low-flow toilets.

In a partnership with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, the city will offer rebates of up to $100 per toilet for utility customers who replace their high-flow (3.6 gallons per flush) toilet to a low-flow model toilet (1.28 gallons per flush).

The goal, according to the city, is to reduce the amount of water used for flushing toilets.

Toilets purchased and replaced by city of Palmetto Water Department customers after Oct. 1 will be eligible, however there is a household limit of two toilets per year. The toilets must be verified by an on-site confirmation, therefore those who do replace their toilets should keep the old one on site until verification is completed. The rebate will then take four to six weeks to process.

Old high-flow toilets will be picked up for free when placed at the curb on the customer’s normal garbage day, according to the city.

For more information about the Toilet Rebate Program, including how to apply, call city staff at 941-417-2890 or email toiletrebate@palmettofl.org.

Applications and related forms can also be found online at the City of Palmetto’s website.

Sara Nealeigh covers what’s happening in the cities of Bradenton and Palmetto, Florida for the Bradenton Herald. She previously covered breaking news for the Herald after moving to Florida from Ohio in 2016.