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Second year of Wichita’s water-saving rebate plan starts Tuesday

Kay Finn of Lytton’s Appliances looks at energy- and water-efficient clothes washers available at the store. Many newer clothes and dish washers that use much less water can be eligible for city rebates.
Kay Finn of Lytton’s Appliances looks at energy- and water-efficient clothes washers available at the store. Many newer clothes and dish washers that use much less water can be eligible for city rebates. File photo

The second year of the city of Wichita’s rebate plan for water-saving devices and equipment starts Tuesday.

The plan is retroactive to Jan. 1. That means if you purchased an approved item since the first of the year, you can apply for a rebate.

Last month, the City Council approved $450,000 for the rebate program, following up last year’s initial effort that city officials say resulted in saving 250,000 gallons of water daily.

The plan has expanded to three additional items: rain sensors that keep irrigation systems from operating when it’s raining, dual flush converters on toilets and urinals.

Last year, only homeowners were eligible for the program. Now businesses and renters can also participate.

Rebate-eligible items that are continued from last year are water-saving dishwashers and washing machines, low-flow toilets, rain barrels and sensors on irrigation systems.

Most items are eligible for a $100 rebate. Rain barrels will be reimbursed up to $75 and dual-flush converters up to $50. Receipts are required.

The rebate program will continue through the end of the year or until the money runs out.

For more information on applying for rebates and to get a list of rebate-eligible items, go online to savewichitawater.com or call 316-268-8351.

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