Victoria, BC - The Regional Water Supply Commission has decided to discontinue residential rebate programs for ultra low flow toilets, high efficiency washing machines and irrigation system controllers, effective December 31, 2009.
Critical investments in infrastructure renewal and support to local farmers are priorities for the Commission. Lower demand for water combined with higher debt servicing costs to fund infrastructure projects and higher payments to farmers have strained the Commission’s finances.
The Commission has agreed to a 2010 budget that funds the necessary capital expenditures for the regional water system, operation of the system and a water rate subsidy to local farmers.Subsidies for farmers will help support local food production. The residential water rebate programs cost the CRD approximately $650,000 per year.
“These programs were started when 6-litre toilets and high efficiency washing machines were being introduced to the marketplace,” said Regional Water Supply Commission Chair Chair Nils Jensen. “With changes in plumbing codes and public demand, high efficiency fixtures and appliances have become the norm.”
Provincial codes now require all new toilet installations to use six litres of water or less per flush. As well most appliance stores now feature high efficiency front loading washing machines as opposed to lower efficiency top loading models. Over the next month, the CRD will launch an information campaign for residents and contact local businesses to raise awareness of rebate program changes. In future the Water Services demand management programs will focus on public education and water use efficiency in the industrial/commercial/institutional sector.
Residents who have made purchases in 2009 will be required to submit completed rebate applications postmarked by December 31, 2009 in order to qualify.
For more information on the rebate program and how to submit an application form for 2009, please visit here.
For further information please contact:
Sheila Taylor, Manager, Community Relations
CRD Corporate Communications