Wichita city council extends water rebate plan

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Wichita city leaders have approved a rebate plan aimed at helping customers save water – a plan that could save you money.

The City Council voted to authorize a $450,000 program. Last year, the council approved $1 million for a similar plan, which provides rebates for water-efficient appliances, low-flowing toilets, rain barrels and other water-saving measures.

“Its both new water and conservation that are going to be what are necessary to meet the city’s needs into the future,” said Alan King, director of Wichita public works. “It’s very important that people participate and we hope to get these sorts of results and what that will do is mean that we can assure that the city will be able to meet its needs to supply customers into the future until 2016.”

Last year's plan was limited to homeowners, King said. This year, it would apply to anyone who pays a water bill, including renters and businesses.

One woman tells KAKE News that she purchased 20 rain barrels last summer. Her rebate was applied to her water bill. Since then, she’s minimally used water inside her home. She’s never had to pay a water bill since, and she hopes others will get on board.

The program could potentially save 250,000 gallons of water a day, which is about 0.44 percent of the city's total water usage. King said in order to sustain enough water for the future, the community will need to reduce use of water by .3 or .35 percent.

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Wichita city leaders have extended a rebate plan aimed at helping customers save water.

The city council voted this morning to authorize the $450,000 program. The council approved $1 million a year ago for a similar plan that provided rebates for water-efficient appliances, low-flow toilets, rain barrels and other water-saving measures.

Last year's plan was limited to homeowners. This year, it would apply to anyone who pays a water bill, including renters and businesses.

The program could potentially save 250,000 gallons of water a day, which is about 0.44 percent of the city's total water usage.


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