Water Conservation Rebates
The City of Round Rockâ€™s Water Conservation Program now has four rebate programs available for direct City water customers that are available as funding allows.
Efficient Irrigation Rebate Program
This program is available to direct City water customers with existing, working, irrigation systems that are interested implementing some strategies to make it more efficient. Irrigation systems installed since 2009 probably won't qualify for the rebate.
Rebates on equipment include the addition of weather stations, rain, freeze, and/or soil sensors, pressure reduction valves and check valves. Retrofit rebates include capping entire zones, converting entire zones to drip irrigation, and converting entire zones to low emission nozzles or pressure reducing nozzles.
Download the residential irrigation rebate application or the commercial property application (PDF) and submit it along with the equipment purchase receipts or the irrigation company invoice once the project is completed. No pre-inspection is necessary. The program is available until funding is expended.
Efficient Toilet Rebate Program
This program is available to direct City water customers with properties that were built prior to January 1, 1996. New toilets must be selected off of the EPAâ€™s WaterSense toilet list, found on the WaterSense web site AND use less than 1.28 gallons per flush. The rebate amount is 50% of the cost of the toilet, up to $100, when purchased from a Round Rock retailer. Submit a completed application form and a copy of the toilet purchase receipts after the new toilet(s) are installed.
Toilets are the largest water-using fixture inside the home; by replacing old, inefficient toilets, using 3 gallons per flush or greater, with more efficient 1.28 gallon per flush or less commodes, we can save up to 4,000 thousand gallons of water per toilet, per year!
PLEASE NOTE: The toilet program will end permanently on December 31, 2013; Purchase receipts must show item was purchased on or before Dec. 31, 2013. All applications must be submitted by January 31, 2014.
Efficient Clothes Washer Rebate Program
This program is available to direct City water customers that have purchased a new, efficient clothes washer. New washers must be a Tier 2 or 3 washer on the Consortium for Energy Efficiency washer list. Washers using Silver Ion Technology will NOT be rebated. Rebate amount is $100 per washer, when purchased from a Round Rock retailer. Limit one rebate per address, while funds last. To apply, submit a completed application along with a copy of your itemized purchase receipt once the washer has been installed.
Clothes washers account for 22% of the water use inside our homes. By replacing older models with new, front-loading efficient washers, water use can be reduced by 15 â€“ 40 percent, depending on how old your previous washer is. Washers today are much more efficient than those manufactured prior to 1998! Energy Star labeled washers use 20% less energy, 35% less water, and have larger wash tubs, which means fewer loads.
New Rainwater Harvesting Rebate Program
The City is very excited to now offer a rebate on rainwater collection! The rebate is for new collection systems that have been purchased and installed since June 1, 2013. The water collection containers must be new and not purchased from any prior City of Round Rock event, sale, or give-away.
The rebate amount is $0.50 per gallon of water storage, with a maximum rebate amount of $250 per per water account. (For example the collection tank holds 100 gallons, the rebate is 100 gallons x 0.50 cents = $50)
To apply, simply submit an application and purchase receipt. You will be contacted for a final inspection. Please read the application to find the complete details. The barrels can be purchased from any vendor you choose, here's a short (incomplete) list of local vendors:
- Polymart (Austin) www.cityrainbarrelprogram.org
- Tank Town (2770 Hwy 290 W, Dripping Springs 78620)
- Hwy 290 Fence & Ranch Supply (2110 Hwy 290 W, Dripping Springs 78620)
- Timber Tanks (10608 Hwy 290 W, Austin 78736)
- EcoWise (110 W. Elizabeth St, Austin 78704)
- Green Water (Austin)
- Innovative Water Solutions
- Callahan's General Store (501 Bastrop Hwy/S Hwy 183, Austin 78741
- Sometimes they are available at Lowes and The Home Depot garden centers
- Round Rock Gardens (901 Sam Bass Rd, Round Rock), has one model I've seen
- HEB Plus on HWY 79 has one in their garden center
- Zinger Hardware & General Merchant (4001 N. Lamar Blvd, Ste 300, Austin 78756)
- www.tanksforless.com Huge assortment of tanks and barrels of all sizes
- The Natural Gardener (8648 Old Bee Caves Rd, Austin 78735)
Rainwater is much better for plants and gardens than tap water, due to the high nitrogen content in it. Rainwater collection is also a great way to reduce soil erosion on your property.
For questions about any of these programs or to have an application sent to you, contact Jessica Woods by email or call 512-671-2872.
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