Before you turn on your sprinklers for the summer – and brace for the bigger water bills that come with doing so – consider smartscaping your lawn with the help of a rebate.
The Town offers several voluntary water conservation rebates. Funds are limited, and the rebates are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
The incentives are part of the Town’s water conservation plan. The Town hopes residents not only will use the rebates but also learn to conserve water, which could lead to further savings.
“Not only does conserving water save you money, but it will also save the Town money in the long run,” said Mayor Ryan Reilly. “In order for the Town to transition from 100 percent ground water to 75 percent surface water, as called for in the Town's strategic long-term water plan, that surface water needs to be purchased. The more we conserve, the less we need to purchase, and some estimates indicate that those savings could be in the $80 million range."
The smartscaping rebate offers residents the highest return on their investment and leads to the greatest water savings. It offers $1 per square foot of high-water-use plant material removed. A minimum of 250 square feet must be removed to qualify, and the maximum amount covered by the rebate is 1,500 square feet.
Each rebate can be honored only once per household. Other rebates offered:
- Smart irrigation controllers – 50 percent of the cost of the controller up to $300
per residential customer and $1,500 per commercial/HOA-owned property
- High-efficiency Energy Star clothes washers (water factor of 6 or less) – $150
- Three-day programmable irrigation timer – $25
- Rotary nozzles – $5 per head (minimum of $20 and maximum of $200 per residential customer and maximum of $2,000 for commercial customer)
- Rain sensors – 50 percent of the cost of the sensor up to $50
The rebate program is funded by revenue received from surcharges and water restriction violations. The funding available for rebates is expected to decrease over time.
“As the community gets more familiar with the water budget program and the culture moves toward overall conservation, we expect those revenues to decrease and the rebates to be substantially reduced,” said Heather Beasley, water resources engineer. For more information, visit CRgov.com/rebate or call the Utilities Department, 720-733-6000.