The 2017 water conservation rebate program will start on Monday, offering residents up to $80,000 in incentives if they install approved water conserving devices. The popular, fifth-year program, which City Council approved on March 7, will accept applications until the funds expire.
Beginning Monday, applications may be picked up at the Environmental Health building (1900 E. 9th Street North); application and submittal instructions also are available at www.wichita.gov. Rebates are available to all customers with active accounts for the delivery of potable water.
To date, the City has approved approximately 7,208 applications resulting in $881,075 total value in rebates given back to the community, for an estimated total annual water savings of 225 million gallons. So far the program has rebated: 2,067 washing machines; 2,390 dishwashers; 3,319 toilets; 25 dual flush valve kits; 92 smart irrigation controllers; 72 rain sensor shutoffs; and 1,259 rain barrels.
Eight devices and appliances are eligible for rebates. Detailed program requirements and lists of qualifying items are available at Wichita.gov and saveWichitawater.com, but general guidelines and eligible items are listed below. City officials recommend residents have a printout of qualifying appliances for reference when shopping. There is a limit of five rebated items per water customer account. Rebates will not exceed the purchase price.
Eligible for Up to:
• $100 on Low flow Toilets: WaterSense qualified using 1.28 gallons per flush or less
• $100 on Low flow Urinals: WaterSense qualified using 0.5 gallons per flush or less
• $100 on High Efficiency Dishwashers: Energy Star or Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE)
• $100 on High Efficiency Clothes Washers: Water Factor of 4.5 gallons or less (CEE rated)
• $100 on Smart Irrigation Controllers: Labeled as approved by WaterSense©
• $100 on Rain Sensor-Shutoffs: Set to shut off irrigation after ¼-inch of rain is received
• $75 on Rain Barrels: 45 gallons or larger
• $50 on Dual Flush Toilet Conversion Kits: Change inefficient toilets to using 1.6 gals. per flush or less
Customers are encouraged to, please, contact the Water Conservation office at 268-8351 or email WaterRebate@wichita.gov for more information.