Free toilets offered in Fort Worth in recycling effort

Are you struggling for that perfect holiday gift idea, the one for the person who has everything?

How about a new toilet, courtesy of the Fort Worth Water Department?

The toilets are available in any color as long as it’s white, they’re free to people who qualify, and they’re a gift that keeps on giving. By replacing older toilets, which use 3.5 to 7 gallons per flush, the department expects to save 84 million gallons a year.

The department is giving away 7,000 toilets as part of a water conservation program.

"A typical homeowner, we estimate, would save about $76 a year on their water bill," Water Department spokeswoman Mary Gugliuzza said.

The new toilets are dual-flush. They use 0.8 gallon to flush liquids and 1.28 gallons for solids.

The program is open to people who are already Fort Worth water customers, live in a home built before 1994 and have a toilet that uses more than 3 gallons per flush.

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