GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The city of Gallup is once again trying to get a federal “smart toilet” grant. The Gallup Independent reports that the city is applying for a “smart toilet distribution” $40,000 grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation aimed at conserving water.
Under the program, 150 properties would receive free toilets with installation parts, a low-flow shower head and two low-flow faucet aerators. Officials say the new toilets require 75-80 percent less water.
City conservation coordinator Elizabeth Barriga said the distribution and rebate programs could save an estimated 165 million gallons of water every 25 years. Gallup applied in 2010 and 2011 for the grant but did not receive it.