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City launches website to monitor water conservation progress

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at 12:37 p.m.
  • Updated Sunday, June 8, 2014, at 6:21 a.m.

City’s water conservation rebate program

What: $1 million has been allotted for rebate payments to residential customers – $75 for rain barrels that are at least 50 gallons and $100 for qualified dishwashers, clothes washers, low-flow toilets and smart irrigation controllers. One household may claim up to five items for rebates after providing original receipts and completing one-page form available on wichita.gov.

When: Takes effect Monday and is retroactive to purchases made May 1. Program ends Dec. 31 or until the money runs out.

Rebate items: Makes and model numbers of the qualified items can be found at Kansas.com. Rain barrels must be at least 50 gallons.

Submitting form: Print form from wichita.gov and submit with original receipts – either by mail or in person – to the environmental health office at 1900 E. Ninth St. Documents must be submitted within 60 days after date of purchase, except for those items bought between May 1 and June 30. The 60-day clock for those purchases starts July 1. A self-addressed stamped envelope must be provided for the receipts to be returned.

More information: Go to wichita.gov , email WaterRebate@wichita.gov or call 316-268-8351.

City officials have launched a new website designed to inform residents about water conservation and the rebate program the city put in place on Monday.

The site, www.savewichitawater.com, provides rebate applications, as well as a weekly video providing updates on how much of the $1 million allotted for the rebates has been spent.

Officials said Wichitans still need to mind their water usage, even with recent rains. Cheney Reservoir is currently at 72 percent of its capacity, though officials said normal levels are around 92 percent to 95 percent.

Reach Matt Riedl at 316-269-6791 or mriedl@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @riedlmatt.

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