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Water Conservation Rebate Program

Thank you for your interest in the City of Wichita's Water Conservation Rebate Program.

City Council approved a 2017 Water Conservation Rebate Program on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. The program began on April 3, 2017. 

As of August 21, 2017, all funding has been distributed.  All new incoming applications and incomplete applications received will be returned. Thank you for participation!


Questions?

P: (316) 268-8351
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Internal Conservation Plan

​Following the City Council Workshop on February 26, 2013, pertaining to the ongoing drought conditions, City staff from the Public Works and Utilities, Park and Recreation, and Fire departments began evaluating ideas to reduce water usage in City operations. On June 11, 2013, the City Council directed City staff to implement a number of those ideas, and continue working on others. Currently, the City has taken the following steps to conserve water, which are projected to save over 42 million gallons and $154,000 annually.

  1. Gray (recycled) water from the Herman Hill Water Center is now being used to water trees. This water would have otherwise ended up in the Arkansas River.
  2. Watering of City-owned grass (not including athletic fields) has been reduced. The grass is being kept alive, but may go dormant during the hottest months of the year. The grass is also being cut at a higher level, increasing root shade and reducing evaporation.
  3. Hours of operation at the City's interactive fountains and splash pads have been reduced, along with the show schedule at the Fountain at WaterWalk.
  4. Water Utility staff are utilizing a new protocol for handling water taste and odor complaints from residents.
  5. Irrigation and water system leaks are being repaired faster due to the filling of two vacant positions responsible for that work.
  6. The Fire Department has replaced spraying kids with water with programming from their mobile fire prevention truck as part of the Community Risk Reduction program.
  7. The Fire Department is also working on an alternative fire hydrant maintenance schedule. Fire hydrants need to be periodically tested to ensure they're working, which uses water each time. If the Department can maintain public safety while conserving water, they will move forward with a new maintenance schedule.
  8. A pilot project to reduce the amount of water used by street sweepers began on July 1, 2013. For questions or to provide feedback on this project, please call the Street Maintenance Division of Public Works at (316) 268-4013.
  9. Coming soon Motion sensors or push-button controls will soon be added to each of the City's interactive fountains and splash pads.
  10. Coming soon All City construction projects must adhere to a set of landscape design guidelines. These guidelines are currently being reworked to conserve even more water while minimizing maintenance costs.

City staff continues to evaluate a number of other water saving ideas, including:

  1. Utilizing Hess Pump Station pump cooling water for irrigation at Botanica.
  2. Converting City-owned fescue lawn installations to bermuda.
  3. Installing an underground water storage tank for the Fountain at WaterWalk and identifying an alternative water source.
  4. Installing bermuda sod and/or artificial turf at the Stryker Soccer Complex.
  5. Installing bermuda at select City golf course locations.
  6. Upgrading the irrigation technology used on City-owned land.

Want to know more?

Check out the full version of the Internal Water Conservation Plan.​

​​ Internal Water Conservation Plan​​​​


Managing Supply

Wichita's ​​Water Supplies

The City of Wichita's Water Utility draws water from two sources: Cheney Reservoir and the Equus Beds aquifer. Keeping these two sources healthy and available for future generations takes continuous work. The City invested about $250 million in the Aquifer Recovery and Storage (ASR) project, which takes extra water from the Arkansas River during high flows, treats it to drinking water quality, and stores it in the underground Equus Beds aquifer. Unfortunately, this "water savings account" was opened for business at the start of the current drought. ASR is still a good project and an important component of ensuring Wichita's future water supply, but hasn't had much of an impact on helping us get through the current drought.

Protecting Cheney Reserv​​oir

Past efforts to ensure the long-term viability of Cheney Reservoir included building a series of ponds in the Cheney watershed to reduce the amount of silt flowing into the lake. This has minimized sedimentation to the point where only 5% of Cheney Reservoir's total storage capacity has been lost, a percentage far lower than what many reservoirs in Kansas have experienced. The City has also continued to tweak the percentage of overall demand that is being pulled from Cheney Reservoir and the Equus Beds aquifer, including recently in response to the current drought. The City is now pulling 40% of our overall water from Cheney while pulling the remaining 60% from the Equus Beds aquifer.

One of the best ways to prolong the life of our two water sources is through conservation, a message the City has been educating water customers on since the early 1990's. A voluntary conservation program has been offered for 22 years and has recently expanded to include a rebate program in 2013.​


How You can Save Water

Over 20% of the average Wichitan's annual water usage can be attributed to use outside the home. Since outside usage occurs mainly during the summer and is easier to reduce than inside usage, the City is highlighting outdoor water conservation tips first. As we approach the end of the summer, indoor tips will be added. Follow the simple steps outlined below and discover how easy it can be to conserve water and save money on your water bill!​