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06/17/04

Free Toilets for Savannah

You may not realize it with all the rain we've been having, but water restrictions are once again in effect. In an effort to help conserve water, the Department of Natural Resources is requiring you to follow the odd-even watering rules. Odd-numbered houses can water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, even numbers can water on the rest of the days.

But there is no watering on Fridays. The City of Savannah is giving residents until August 1 before it start issuing any citations.

Water restrictions aren't the only way the city is helping to conserve water. This weekend, the city is giving away something everyone uses every day: toilets and shower heads. Sounds a little odd, but it's true.

They are completely free and it's on a first come, first served basis. These toilets and shower heads are special because they use less water than the older models.

"Because the city is so old, we have a lot of homes that are very old and that use up to nine gallons a flush," explained environmental planner Deatre Denion.

So the city is taking the problem into its own hands by giving out the toilets for free. "This year, we have 375 toilets," said Loretta Jones with the Neighborhood Improvement Association.

The event takes place on Saturday, and for the first two hours, selected neighborhoods are only allowed to participate. "This year we are targeting Baldwin Park, Parkside and Live Oak," said Denion.

Then it's open to the whole city.

And the event is usually an eye opener. "People are trying to figure out what it is, cause usually there's a big toilet out there waving at everyone," said Jones.

But they give away more than just toilets: shower heads and accessories too. "Typical shower head uses five gallons a minute, these use 2.5," said Denion. Which means your money isn't going down the drain on your water bill each month, and you are helping the environment by conserving water

If you want to get one of the free toilets or shower heads, drop by Daffin Park between 10am and 2pm on Saturday. Be sure to bring a copy of your water bill.

For more information on how to preregister, call 447-5577 or 651-2221.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro, kangelastro@wtoc.com

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