City Council to discuss water conservation rebate program

Published On: Jun 07 2014 07:07:10 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 07 2014 07:19:58 PM CDT
City of Wichita

The Wichita City Council will consider Tuesday a rebate program to incentivize water efficiency. 

The Department of Public Works and Utilities hopes to use excess money from last year's budget to fund the rebate for another year.

Last year, the city offered the program and budgeted $1 million to cover costs; however, $600 thousand wasn't spent. Out of the $600 thousand, the Department of Public Works and Utilities hopes to use $450 thousand to fund the initiative this year.

The group says offering the rebate would create data on participation rates and reduce water demand.

Last year rebates were offered for efficient toilets, clothes washers, dishwashers, smart irrigation controllers, and rain barrels. If approved, this year rebates will be provided for the previous items as well as water efficient urinals, rain sensors, and dual-flush convertors that allow toilets to use less water.

Rebates are limited to five items and would be available for those replacing current fixtures, not those in new construction. Reimbursements are estimated at $100 per item for most items.