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WICHITA, Kansas –– The city council approved the $1 million water conservation rebate program earlier this month.
City leaders are hoping this rebate program will encourage homeowners to use high efficiency appliances like a washer to not only save money, but to conserve water during this drought.
“We get a lot of customers actually complaining that they don’t think their clothes is getting clean,” said Robert Leis, Assistant Store Manager of Lowes.
Leis tells KSN News he’s been seeing a handful of costumers coming in and asking about high efficiency appliances in recent months.
“We definitely see that costumers are more caution about looking for things that are going to use less water especially toilets that’s a big thing,” said Leis. “Faucets, shower heads, and those are the areas where consumers are looking to be more efficient.”
With the ongoing drought across Kansas, Wichita city leaders are turning to homeowners for help to conserve water.
They’re hoping owners will apply for the water conservation rebate program.
“This is the first time that we offered a rebate program in the City of Wichita,” said Joe Pajor, Deputy Director for Wichita Public Works and Utilities. “Other communities across the country have had significant success with offering these incentives to consumers to buy water efficient appliances.”
To be eligible, you must own a single family home and buy efficiency devices or appliances like dish and clothes washers, smart irrigation controllers, rain barrels, and low flow toilets.
Each household is limited to five and they must be purchased between May 1st and December 31st of this year.
“After we receive their applications we’ll have about an 8-week processing time,” said Pajor. “The billing cycle that occurs have that when the credit is approved. It will show up on their bill.”
The rebate program starts July 1st and runs until the end of December or until the money runs out.
Depending on your appliance, the credit can be worth up to $100 dollars.
Keep in mind multi family homes, business and investment properties are not eligible.
For more information please click here.
You can also call (316) 268- 8351 or email WaterRebate@wichita.gov.