Ultra-Low Flush Toilet Distribution Program
The connection between Mono Lake and Los Angeles necessitates intelligent water use in Southern California.
The Ultra-Low Flush Toilet Distribution Program in Los Angeles allowed Los Angeles residents an opportunity to receive free low-flush toilets, which help them conserve water and money while they help protect Mono Lake by limiting their water consumption.
The program was sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District and the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP). The program distributed free 1.6-gallon-per-flush toilets to DWP customers. Community-based organizations in Los Angeles handled the actual distribution of toilets to DWP customers throughout the inner city of Los Angeles.
The program began in 1990 and was discontinued in 2006 after 90% of the toilets were replaced. The remaining wasteful toilets will be replaced over time as properties change hands. The city has a "retrofit on resale" ordinance requiring ultra-low flush toilets and low-flow showerheads in all residential properties prior to resale.