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City Offering $1M In Rebates In Exchange For Water Conservation

The city of Wichita unveiled Thursday a $1 million rebate program to continue to encourage residents to conserve water. The program starts Monday and runs through December 31.

Residents who purchase certain low-water flow toilets, high-efficiency dish washers, washing machines or rain barrels are eligible for rebates between $75 and $100. People can use up to five rebates, but they are being offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Public works and utilities deputy director Joe Pajor says during this first phase, only people who own and live in their own homes are eligible for the rebates.

"It is certainly a possibility that the program could be expanded beyond that," he says. " But there are certain additional complications if we get into rental property because of the way the rebate can be viewed in terms of the tax consequences for the landlords that own the property."

A list of qualifying items and rebate applications are available at www.wichita.gov.

The program is managed by the city’s water conservation office, which can be reached at 268-8351 or email at WaterRebate@wichita.gov. 

Download an application here.