City Hall took out the trash on Thursday — specifically a dumpster full of old toilets which had previously been removed as part of a project to improve water efficiency in city offices.
"We’re doing a water efficieny upgrade in City Hall," said Adam Agalloco, Mayor's Office of Sustainability energy conservation manager. "It's just a portion of a bigger energy conservation project that will bring in significant savings."
City Hall is getting 275 new low-flow toilet and urinals, Agalloco said. All told, 1,350 new water-efficient fixtures will be installed in City Hall, the Criminal Justice Center, the Municipal Services Building, and 1515 Arch St., he said.
Old toilets used three to five gallons of water per flush; the new ones use 1.3 gallons per flush. Urinals that used one gallon per flush will be replaced with ones that use one pint. Faucets will get aerators to reduce consumption.
The change is part of Mayor Michael Nutter's 2009 "Greenworks Philadelphia" plan to make Philadelphia one of the greenest cities in the nation.
The project is scheduled to be complete by the end of June.