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State Announces Water Conservation Rebate Program

Water conservation just got cheaper for Utahns. A new statewide rebate program, Utah Water Savers, is now available thanks to a $750,000 ongoing appropriation from the state legislature. Rebates can be claimed at Utah Water Savers.

“Utah is committed to water and its sustainability,” stated Faye Rutishauser, water conservation coordinator at the Utah Division of Water Resources. “Because Utah has a variety of climates and a growing population, we need to do what we can to extend our current water supply. Rebates are one way the state can help Utahns make needed changes.”

Statewide rebates will be given for the purchase of smart irrigation timers that save water by automatically adjusting watering schedules based on local weather and landscape needs. Additional rebates for replacing old toilets and completing water-efficient landscaping projects will be funded on a regional basis by local water providers. Plans are in place to add additional statewide rebates in the future. To view a complete list of available rebates in each area, Utahns can create a free account on UtahWaterSavers.com.

Rick Maloy, president of the Utah Conservation Forum, said he hopes Utahns will take advantage of the new rebates and that this will be an opportunity for Utahns to change the way water is used in the state. “Too many Utahns are reactive in their approach to water conservation and only conserve when they hear about drought conditions,” Maloy said. “Water conservation isn’t only about the weather. We need to be more consistent and efficient in our efforts. As a state, we need to plan how we will meet the water needs of a growing population using a limited, finite, and unpredictable resource.”

On Thursday, May 17 at 3:30 p.m., The Governor’s Water Conservation Team (GWCT) will announce the new statewide rebate program and encourage Utah homeowners to think about the way they use their water and how they can save. Media is encouraged to arrive at Conservation Garden Park no later than 3:10 p.m. for the event. Camera and audio equipment can be brought on location. Photo opportunities will be available in the Garden.

About the Governor’s Water Conservation Team:

The Governor’s Water Conservation Team was established in 2000 to help provide for Utah’s future water needs by promoting water conservation and helping the state meet current conservation goals. The team consists of representatives from the Utah Division of Water Resources and water conservancy districts from around the state. For more information and conservation tips, visit SlowtheFlow.org. For rebate information, visit UtahWaterSavers.com

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