Thursday, October 10, 2013
Since the program began in June, more than 1,500 water customers have participated and received a total of $196,096.
Nearly one-fifth of the $1 million budgeted has been spent.
"We're very grateful for the people who have participated. We do know that even though there's about $800,000 left in the program, for another two and a half months, that we're still really encouraging people to come and use it," said Ben Nelson, strategic services manager for the city's public works and utilities department.
Council member Janet Miller is hoping that the program is extended beyond the end of the year.
"I think having a rebate program available either year round or at certain times during the year, will help us continue that message about the importance of conservation," said Miller.
Other industry professionals hope there are revisions if the program is extended. One suggestion is to add rain sensors, which cost less than $200.
"The rain sensors are a simple addition that can make a dramatic affect on what your water bill is going to be," said Andy Veatch, owner of Lawn Sprinkler Services. "It's always frustrating when we see water running when it isn't needed."
The Water Conservation Rebate Program in Wichita is scheduled to end on December 31.
For more information on the rebate program and a list of qualifying items, click here.
For the rebate application, click here.