Saving Water Doesn't Mean You Get The City's Rebate

By: Belinda Post Email
By: Belinda Post Email

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Wichita has a million dollars to give away in water rebates. So far, about $20,000 has been handed out.

Some people are finding out that buying a water-saving appliance doesn't mean you'll automatically cash in.

Emery Bertrand says the high-efficiency rating is what encouraged him to buy his water-saving washing machine.

"I'm a conservative person I liked that it used less water," said Bertrand.

He bought his washing machine last year. It meets all of the efficiency requirements for the city's rebate plan, but his application was rejected.

He bought it before May and the city is only giving rebates for purchases between May 1 and December 31 of this year.

Bertrand is confused as to why the city's rebate terms aren't more inclusive.

"On one hand they are trying to promote water conservation. I know I am not the only person in Wichita who does this on their own without the governments' incentive," said Bertrand.

At last count the city had awarded only 2% of the money set aside.

Public Works Director Joe Pajor said the rebate terms were set to get the program running quickly and to simplify administration.

Pajor also said people who did not qualify the rebate have complained. That includes renters and those who owned high-efficiency appliances prior to May 1.

Bertrand said even if he does not get the rebate, he will keep finding ways to save water.

For more information on the rebate program, click here.


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