WICHITA, Kansas – Water conservation remains a top priority for city leaders.
They are worried about how Wichita will get its water in the years to come.
To help encourage conservation, the city council is bringing back a conservation rebate program.
“We’ll be looking at inserts in our bills we send out to our customers, and I think that what we’ll also see is some of the retail stores that sell some of these items will make it known to potential buyers that some of the prices can be offset by potentially by rebate,” said Alan King, Wichita Public Works Director.
The city tried a conservation rebate program for the first time last year, allotting $1 million in rebates to homeowners who purchased certain water saving devices.
Nearly $450,000 of that money will be available this year, but the savings are not just for single family homeowners anymore.
“We’re going to open it up to anyone who gets a Wichita water bill. They will be eligible for up to five of these rebates per year,” King said.
At $100 per item customers can get back as much as $500 dollars in their water bills.
Also new to the program in 2014 are rain gauges, low flow urinals and dual flush toilet conversion kits.
“I’ve been inundated with requests for it ever since it ended for when is it going to be restarted so I know that there is demand out there,” said Janet Miller, Wichita City Council Member.
The program would be retroactive to the beginning of 2014 and run through the end of the year.