City hands out only $7,000 in water rebates so far

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WICHITA, Kansas – The City of Wichita wants you to cut back on water use, and it’s offering some pretty hefty incentives to make it happen.

So far, very few people are taking advantage of the rebates.

The city started the program to help people cut back on water after Cheney Reservoir started running dry.

There’s a million dollars that will be paid out and so far, the city website shows less than one-percent of the money has been taken.

It leaves more than $900,000 up for grabs.

“Part of the reason we wanted to do this rebate program in the last six months of this year is to get a feel for how the program would be received,” said Joe Pajor, Wichita Public Works Deputy Director.

City leaders also say it’s a pretty easy process to get the rebates on appliances like high- efficiency washing machines, dishwashers, low-flow toilets, along with irrigation controllers and rain barrels for your yard.

“Consumers can apply for all of the devices at one time. After we receive their applications, we’ll have about an eight week processing time. The billing cycle that occurs after that is when the credit is approved, will show up on their bill,” explains Pajor.

To find a link to the water rebate site, click here.

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