Residents in Williams Lake will now be eligible for more rebates when purchasing high efficiency appliances.
Since 2010 the city has offered rebates for purchasing low flow toilets. In 2012, rebates will also be offered for high efficiency clothes washers and dishwashers.
A total of $25,000 — derived from the city’s water and sewer budgets — is available for the program in 2012.
The first year there was $12,500, which was all redeemed, while in 2011 there was money left over.
People purchasing low-flow toilets can receive up to $75 for each low-flow flush, $100 for each dual flush, and a maximum of $125 for a three litre flush. With new construction, where dual flush fixtures are installed, rebates of $50 with no maximum and $75 for all three litre fixtures will be available
Under the new additions, the purchase of clothes washers and dishwashers will be eligible for a maximum of $150 for washers that have a water factor of six or less, and up to $200 with a water factor of three or less.
All claims are subject to verification and the offer is on a first-come, first-served basis and may be withdrawn at any time.
There is also a limit of two appliance rebates per residential dwelling per year. In a report to council, Joe Engelberts, manager of water and waste for the city, noted the discharge water that leaves the homes in Williams Lake has to be treated before entering the environment.
“The less waste water the city has to treat equals a reduction in costs and a reduction on the effect to the environment,” Engelberts said.