The Comox Valley Regional District has announced two water conservation rebate opportunities that will help achieve a 27-per-cent reduction in water consumption by 2014.
Property owners who replace old, water-guzzling toilets built before September 2008 with high-efficiency (4.8 litre/flush) or dual flush toilets, approved by Canadian Standards Association, will be eligible for a $75 rebate.
There is a maximum of two toilet rebates per installation address. Residents who received a toilet rebate under the 2009 program are eligible for one additional rebate for a toilet replaced under the 2010 program. Funding available this year will allow for the replacement of 1,600 toilets.
The CVRD will honour rebate applications for toilets purchased under the 2009 pilot program, including six-litre flush toilets, as long as the sales receipt for the new toilet, and the recycling receipt for the old toilet, are dated between Aug. 15, 2009 and April 30, 2010. All unfunded 2009 applications must be submitted before June 1, 2010.
Residents will also be eligible for one rain barrel or cistern rebate under the 2010 program. A rebate of up to $50 will apply to the purchase of a rain barrel or cistern between 150 and 499 litres, and up to a $150 rebate for those equal to or greater than 500 litres.
The rebate programs apply to homes connected to the Comox Valley water system, including the Town of Comox, City of Courtenay and the Arden, Comox Valley, England Road, Marsden/Camco, and Greaves Crescent water local service areas.
For full eligibility requirements, visit http://www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/rebates. The first step will be to review 2009 applications that came in after last year’s funding was exhausted. Cheques will be mailed to those who qualify. 2010 applications will be processed for those who qualify on a first-come, first-serve basis while funding lasts.
Application submissions do not guarantee a rebate.