On April 14, 2015, the City Council unanimously passed Resolution 2015-10 that adopted water conservation measures and imposed a water surcharge on monthly water utility bills. That surcharge became effective with the utility bills that were mailed to all customers at the beginning of June. The purpose of the water surcharge is to promote and encourage water conservation. In order to reduce water consumption, City water users are encouraged to participate to the Water Conservation Rebate Programs to replace older, inefficient appliances with new appliances that operate with significantly less water. The following rebates are available:
- Rebates of $150 will be offered to residential customers who replace older, higher water use toilets, washing machines, and dishwashers with high efficiency appliances. Rebates will be limited to 3 toilets, 1 dishwasher, and 1 washing machine for each residential unit.
- Rebates of $150 will be offered to residential customers who install a new hot water recirculating pump. A building permit will be required for this plumbing work but the cost of that permit will be waived. The Building Inspector will inspect the completed installation to verify the work is completed in accordance with the state plumbing code.
- The City will provide a rebate of $1 per square foot for lawn/turf removal for single family and multi-family residential customers, up to a maximum rebate of $1,000. Lawns must be replaced with very low or low water use plants and permeable landscape surfaces such as mulch, decomposed granite, permeable pavers, etc. Pop-up sprinklers must be replaced with a drip irrigation system. The following materials do not qualify:
- Building extensions
- Hot tubs
- Impervious surfaces
- Lawn ornaments
- Medium and high water use plants
- Playground materials
- Retaining walls
- Turf seed
- Vegetable gardens
These rebate programs apply to residential water customers only. Proof of purchase and installation of each item for which a rebate is available is required.