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Derby begins rebate plan for outdoor water-saving items

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at 1:12 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, August 3, 2013, at 5:03 p.m.

The city of Derby on Wednesday began offering rebates to all of its water customers who buy specified items that limit outdoor water use.

The program is funded by a $39,200 rebate allowance from the city of Wichita and includes business and residential customers. Derby purchases its water wholesale from Wichita.

The rebate is for devices purchased between May 1 and Dec. 15.

Devices and rebate amounts:

• High-efficiency sprinkler nozzles, $75. Must replace at least 15 nozzles.

• Smart irrigation controller, $100.

• Rain barrels, up to $75. Must be purchased barrel and be at least 50 gallons.

Specific details on the items that qualify for a rebate can be found at http://www.derbyweb.com/.

Each customer is allowed up to three rebates. Receipts must be presented with the rebate application, which is available at the city’s website or at City Hall, 611 Mulberry Road. For more information, call 316-788-1424.

The devices also must be installed, according to Derby officials. The city will require a photo of the installed rain barrels. Random inspections will be conducted to verify that rebated sprinkler nozzles and irrigation controllers have been installed.

Money for Derby’s rebate plan comes out of the $1 million fund the city of Wichita set up July 1 as part of its rebate program for Wichita residential customers.

All 11 area communities or rural water districts that buy water wholesale from Wichita were allotted money to set up rebate plans. The allowance amount is based on the percentage of water each entity buys out of Wichita’s total water sales, said Alan King, the city’s director of public works and utilities.

“If we’re trying to reduce water use,” King said, “we thought we should extend that to our wholesale customers, too, so they can have programs. They can add incentives of their own, but at least they get that money from us.”

In Derby’s case, the city’s water purchase accounts for 3.92 percent of Wichita’s sales, so it received $39,200. Derby is one of five communities to take advantage of Wichita’s offer.

The total provided to the five communities is $80,200. The other four and amounts are: Bel Aire, $6,000; Kechi, $3,00; Rose Hill, $5,000; and Valley Center, $10,000.

The other six communities that buy water wholesale from Wichita have until Aug. 15 to begin participating, city officials said.

Reach Rick Plumlee at 316-268-6660 or rplumlee@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rickplumlee.

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