Plumbing OrdinanceSarasota County Ordinance 94-001 requires low-flow toilets using 1.6 gallons or less per flush and low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators in all new construction. Buildings constructed after 1994 have these water conserving fixtures installed.
The county no longer participates in the toilet rebate program. This program has been obsolete for Sarasota County since approximately 2003. This program was a Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) grant-funded program.
When the utility administered this program for the county, a participant would contact the utility to reserve a 30-day timeframe to install a low-flow toilet. Upon installation, the participant would get a rebate. The amount of the rebate varied from year to year.
At a later time, SWFWMD determined that there was an illegal market to resell used toilets and stipulated that the participating agencies would also be responsible for disposing the used toilets. At that time, the utility decided to no longer participate as the utility lacked the resources to dispose used toilets. The grant funds for this program may no longer be available.