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Water Conservation Rebate Program

2016 Residential Water Conservation Rebate Program is sold out!

The program runs annually starting in May 1 on a first come, first served basis until the $40,000 fund is fully depleted. For questions regarding the 2016 Program please email sustainability@okotoks.ca or call 403-938-8901.  

Watch for the 2017 Residential Water Conservation Rebate Program starting May 1, 2017.  All approved rebate items purchased from January to April 30, 2017 that fall under the program requirements will be eligible, so save your receipts!  

What is the Rebate Program?
The Town of Okotoks is offering a water conservation rebate program to incentivize and reward residents for their efforts towards water conservation. 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 resources.
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.

Who qualifies for the Rebate Program?
Rebates are available for Town of Okotoks residential property owners and renters up to a maximum dollar amount per household for approved water conservation purchases.
How Do I Apply for a Rebate?
  1. Complete an application form (available May 1, 2017). 
  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) can be submitted online or dropped off at the Municipal Centre. Complete applications will be processed on the date received.
Program Details

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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