Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Council members in Wichita unanimously voted to approve a $1 million dollar Water Conservation Rebate Program today.
The voluntary program offers rebates for people who purchase water efficient clothes washes and dishwashers, as well as low-flow toilets.
The $100 rebates will be available to those replacing fixtures, not in new construction.
Rain barrels will also be covered in the rebate program. A $75 rebate would be available for customers installing rain barrels to capture storm water.
The rebate program is effective July 1 through the end of 2013, and will be retroactive for purchases made since May 1.
More information on the rebate program is forthcoming. Details have not been released at this time on how to claim the rebates.
Today's vote also included reducing water allocation from Cheney Reservoir, which currently provides 60-65% of the utility's water.
The city approved three measures aimed at reducing water allocation from Cheney down to 40% and drawing 60% from the Equus Beds. The measures included the $5 million project to modify the wellfield to pump deeper into the acquifer and $1.4 million to modify the water treatment plant to use only water from the Equus Beds.