Tap the Savings
Water conservation rebates just got plusher.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Saving water nets more than karmic payback.
California American Water and Monterey Peninsula Water Management District are now offering homeowners plumper rebates for investments in water-conserving appliances and landscaping, including:
- $1.25 per square foot for lawn replaced with drought-tolerant plants or permeable surfaces (up to 5,000 square feet), and $2 per square foot for lawn replaced with artificial turf (up to 2,000 square feet);
- $100 for installation of a graywater system that irrigates the yard with wastewater from the laundry machine or bathtub;
- $25 per 100 gallons of rainwater storage, up to 25,000 gallons (up from a rebate limit of 3,000 gallons).
Commercial property owners can get in on the action, too, with conservation rebates covering:
- $300 for pint urinal installations (up from $250);
- $500 for water-efficient ice machines (up from $400);
- $2,500 for X-ray film processor recirculation systems (up from $2,000);
- Dry-vacuum pumps, high efficiency commercial dishwashers, graywater systems and high efficiency toilets;
- Medical steam sterilizer retrofits, high efficiency connectionless food steamers and pH controllers.
Property owners can apply for the rebates within 120 days of installation by submitting receipts and a rebate form at www.mpwmd.dst.ca.us. For lawn replacement rebates, contact the district at 658-5601 before removing the lawn to schedule a pre-inspection.
More info is at www.montereywaterinfo.org.