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Water Conservation Rebate Program

This Program is now over 80% subscribed! Apply soon to avoid missing out.

The 2017 Residential Water Conservation Rebate Program is now available.  All approved rebate items purchased from January 1, 2017 onwards, that fall under the program requirements, will be eligible. Save your receipts!  

To be eligible for the Water Conservation Rebate Program, please complete the Online Application Form

For questions regarding the program please email or call 403-938-8901.  

What is the Rebate Program?
The Town of Okotoks is offering a water conservation rebate program to encourage residents to make water conserving household improvements. Reducing water consumption is critical for Okotoks, as our community’s demand for water peaks during the summer months when the Sheep River aquifer provides the least resource.
When is the Rebate Program offered?

The 2017 program is being offered from May 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 on a first-come, first-served basis until the fund is fully depleted. Your rebate will be reflected on your Town of Okotoks bimonthly Utility Account.

What items qualify for the 2017 Water Rebate Program

ITEM

DESCRIPTION

TOWN REBATE

WaterSense® Certified High Efficiency Low Flow Toilet

Final Year

Rebates will be provided for replacement toilets (5 years or older) that are WaterSense® Certified.

Note: Product specification sheet must be attached to application form.

A 50% rebate per toilet up to a maximum of $100 per toilet. Maximum of $200 per household.

Note: Rebate only applies to replacement toilets (old toilet must be 5 years or older).  Rebate not available for new construction (including basement development).

Rain Barrel

Any type of residential or commercial rain barrel.

A 50% rebate per rain barrel up to a maximum of $50/rain barrel. Maximum of $100/household.

Residential Rainwater Harvesting System

Rebate for systems that include larger residential scaled tank systems/cisterns that collect a minimum of 4,536 litres (1,000 gallons) of rainwater. Other collection system expenses such as transport piping, debris traps, filters, pumps and installation costs are eligible for rebate.

A 50% rebate for total cost of rainwater harvesting unit up to a maximum rebate of $750 per household.

Note: Pre-approval from the Town of Okotoks required. Please contact Sustainability Coordinator at 403.938.8901 for more information.

Rain Sensor for irrigation system controller

Rebate will be provided for the installation of a rain sensor that suspends a controller’s irrigation schedule during a rain event. Rebate available for a rain sensor on new irrigation installations and existing irrigation systems.

Note: Product specification sheet must be attached to application form.

A 50% rebate for total cost of purchase up to a maximum rebate of $200 per household.

Note: Installation must be done by a professional irrigation contractor.

Organic & Inorganic Mulch

All forms of organic and inorganic mulch that are used for landscaping/ground cover:

  • Organic examples: bark shavings, nuggets, wood chips mixes
  • Inorganic examples: rock mixes, shale chips

A 50% rebate for total cost of purchase up to a maximum rebate of $200 per household.

Note: The purpose of the mulch must be to provide groundcover in areas that may normally be turf, to reduce the need for water. Does not include mulch for areas under structures. Mulch must be permeable, non-permeable surfaces such as pavers are not accepted.

Drought Tolerant Ground Cover / Turf

Drought tolerant grass seed, sod and hydro-seed are eligible for the rebate program if their composition consists of less than 30% of Kentucky Blue Grass.

A 50% rebate for total cost of purchase up to a maximum rebate of $200 per household.

Note: proof of composition required.  Please provide ingredients section of the bag or provide a product composition list from the supplier.

Who qualifies for the Rebate Program?
Rebates are available for Town of Okotoks residential property owners and renters up to a maximum of $200*  per household for approved water conservation purchases. 
 
*Note: large residential scaled rainwater harvesting systems have a maximum rebate of $750 per household.
How Do I Apply for a Rebate?
  1. Complete the application form
  2. Include a sales receipt and any additional required documentation with your application form. Items purchased as of January 1, 2017 are eligible.
  3. Completed forms (with all required documentation) are to be submitted online. For those that do not have access to a computer, paper copies of the application form are available for pick up and drop off at the Municipal Centre. 
Additional Details and Requirements
  • Available to residents of Okotoks (homeowners and renters)
  • Rebates offered on a first-come, first-served basis as application received (date stamped)
  • Rebates are provided through the Town of Okotoks bi-monthly utility bill (cheque provided to renters)
  • Shipping, installation and GST not included in rebate 
  • Proof of purchase required
  • Several items require additional specification information with application form
  • Several items are for replacement purchases only and are not eligible for new home construction
  • Only fully completed applications will be processed
2016 Residential Water Conservation Rebate Program Review

The $40,000 for the 2016 Residential Water Conservation Rebate Program was fully utilized by mid-October which aligns with the historical experience for the program. A total of 437 rebate applications were received, 416 applications approved and 26 applications declined (6%) due to ineligibility. The 416 approved applications came from 384 households resulting in a total of 638 installations/purchases, as many households purchased multiple items.

The following is a breakdown of the allocation of funds from the 2016 residential program:

Items Rebated

Total Number Purchased

% of items

% of funds

Organic and/or inorganic mulch installations

401

63%

46%

WaterSense® certified toilets

119

19%

34%

Rain barrels

80

13%

11%

Rain sensors

28

4%

8%

Drought tolerant ground cover/turf

5

0.8%

0.9%

Residential rainwater harvesting systems

1

0.2%

0.2%

The 2016 average rebate per household was $97.20.  Mulch accounted for the majority of items purchased and was double the quantity of rebate submissions from 2015.  From the overall amount of 401 rebates given for mulch, 140 were for inorganic mulch and 261 were for organic mulch.

With the introduction of an online form, a question was asked regarding whether the rebate program motivated their purchase. Out of all participants, 64% indicated that the rebate program motivated their purchase, while 78% indicated that they had been planning on purchasing such items prior to hearing about the rebate program.

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