Toilet upgrade program starts Thursday

Boulder nonprofit Resource Central teams with Patagonia to help local residents save water and money with every flush. 

Local residents with wasteful old toilets can upgrade to a new, high-efficiency one for half the cost of a typical toilet thanks to a nonprofit water conservation program that’s ramping up.

Resource Central, a nonprofit based in Boulder, is leading the upgrade program as part of its efforts to help families conserve a billion gallons of water by 2020.

Starting Thursday, the nonprofit will provide Niagara Stealth water-wise toilets to the public for only $97. By comparison, Amazon and other national retailers typically sell the popular toilet for more than $200. By replacing an old commode, a typical family can save up to 300,000 gallons of water over the life of the toilet.

“Old toilets are incredible water wasters,” said Neal Lurie, president of the Resource Central. “Upgrading a toilet is a smart way to conserve water. If your toilet is more than 10-20 years old, you can save a huge amount of water with a high efficiency toilet.”

Resource Central is able to provide the toilets at this unusually low cost thanks to a grant from Patagonia.

The toilets are available to the public at Resource Central’s facility at 6400 Arapahoe in east Boulder. Availability is limited, maximum of two toilets per household. Over the past four years the nonprofit has helped local families upgrade nearly 3,000 toilets, saving hundreds of millions of gallons of water.

About Resource Central:

Founded in 1976, Resource Central is an innovative nonprofit dedicated to putting conservation into action.  Its programs have helped more than 500,000 families save water, reduce waste, and conserve energy.  Learn more at