Good news! If you are a Wichita resident who receives your water bill from Wichita Water Utilities, you may be eligible for a rebate on the purchase of qualifying water-saving appliances or devices. The rebate is offered on a first-come, first-served basis to all active water customers.
The 2017 City of Wichita rebate program began April 3, according to a press release issued by the city. The program provides financial incentives for residents who conserve water.
To qualify for the rebate, Wichita residents submit an application to the city for approved water-saving devices or appliances that they’ve purchased in that year – up to a limit of 5 rebated items per water customer. Rebates are available only until each year’s budget is exhausted.
Applications can be picked up at the Environmental Health building at 1900 E. 9th Street North, or online at wichita.gov.
A list of qualifying brands and model numbers are available at www.savewichitawater.com, along with the application you’ll need to fill out to request the rebates. Rebates may not exceed the purchase price of qualifying items.
Do bring the printout with you when you’re shopping so that you can be sure you’re buying a qualifying appliance. Here are the general guidelines:
Eligible for Up to $100 Rebate
- Low flow Toilets: WaterSense qualified using 1.28 gallons per flush or less
- Low flow Urinals: WaterSense qualified using 0.5 gallons per flush or less
- High Efficiency Dishwashers: Energy Star or Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE)
- High Efficiency Clothes Washers: Water Factor of 4.5 gallons or less (CEE rated)
- Smart Irrigation Controllers: Labeled as approved by WaterSense©
- Rain Sensor-Shutoffs: Set to shut off irrigation after ¼-inch of rain is received
Eligible for Up to $75 Rebate
- Rain Barrels: 45 gallons or larger.
Eligible for Up to $50 Rebate
- Dual Flush Toilet Conversion Kits: Change inefficient toilets to using 1.6 gals. per flush or less
To date, the City has approved approximately 7,208 applications resulting in $881,075 total value in rebates given back to the community, for an estimated total annual water savings of 225 million gallons. So far the program has rebated: 2,067 washing machines; 2,390 dishwashers; 3,319 toilets; 25 dual flush valve kits; 92 smart irrigation controllers; 72 rain sensor shutoffs; and 1,259 rain barrels.
For more information, please visit www.wichita.gov or email WaterRebate@wichita.gov or contact the Water Conservation office (268-8351).