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Roseville Offers Water Rebates To Commercial Users

Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

BEFORE (left): The grass at the entrance to Roseville Electric in January 2015. AFTER (right): Grass has been removed in preparation for drought-tolerant planting in this photo taken April 2015.

Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio

The City of Roseville is offering $100,000 in rebates to encourage organizations to become more water efficient.  

Maurice Chaney, with the City of Roseville, says projects, large and small, indoors and outdoors, qualify for the funds. 

"We want customers to continue to save water during a wet year or dry year," says Chaney. "We want customers to achieve sustainable savings, meaning that they replace their grass, they replace their infrastructure with something a bit more sustainable so that they're fixing it for good." 

For example, Chaney says the Roseville Joint Union High School District converted its district office turf into a water-wise landscape.

"They completed a commercial cash-for-grass project back in January 2015," says Chaney. "It was just for their district office and they put in some inline drip irrigation. So, if you're on a shoestring budget or if you have a large project, certainly contact us because there's rebate money available." 

He says Kaiser Permanente received a rebate for exchanging 37 toilets for high efficiency models and a Roseville dry cleaning business replaced equipment that was more water efficient and collected a $2,000 rebate. 

There are four different rebates available: 

Cash for grass – up to a $2,500 rebate for converting water-thirsty turf with water smart landscaping. 

Irrigation efficiency – up to a $2,500 rebate for upgrading your landscape's irrigation system with new high efficiency equipment. 

Custom rebates to help with retrofits that save water – technology for space cooling, refrigeration, laundry, cleaning and flushing. 

High-efficiency toilets – up to $175 for replacing your older (pre-1992), non-conserving toilet/urinal with a new 1.28 gallon per flush model. 

Chaney says the rebates will be available until program funding is exhausted. Roseville also has a water and energy rebate program for residents.