Save money on out­door ir­ri­ga­tion

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The City of Santa Fe wa­ter-con­ser­va­tion pro­gram will be rolling out a brand new out­door re­bate pro­gram in April. The re­bate pro­gramis­meant to as­sist cus­tomers in off­set­ting the cost of equip­ment re­lated to ef­fi­cient out­door ir­ri­ga­tion and to en­cour­age the use of har­vested rain­wa­ter and gray wa­ter from their homes.

Har­vested rain­wa­ter is a won­der­ful al­ter­na­tive to potable wa­ter for out­door ir­ri­ga­tion, mostly be­cause it does not con­tain chlo­rine and can be used when needed. It also helps to off­set out­door potable wa­ter use de­mand and the en­ergy required to pump it. The new out­door re­bate pro­gram in­cen­tivizes rain bar­rels at $12 per bar­rel and cis­terns at $0.25 per gal­lon of ca­pac­ity.

Sys­tems that max­i­mize ca­pac­ity based on roof area and that treat and uti­lize the wa­ter in­doors for toi­let flush­ing are el­i­gi­ble for ad­di­tional bonuses. Gray wa­ter is also be­ing added to the out­door re­bate pro­gram with our new “Laun­dry to Land­scape” pro­gram. The re­bate will off­set up to $175 in parts needed to in­stall the ap­pli­ca­tion that di­verts wa­ter from a clothes washer onto the land­scape. It is very easy to in­stall and in­struc­tions and video will be pro­vided on our www. save­wa­ter­santafe.com web­site.

The out­door re­bate also cov­ers the cost of ir­ri­ga­tion equip­ment, in­clud­ing rain sen­sors, soil mois­ture sen­sors, pres­sure re­duc­ing valves andWaterSense la­beled ET con­trollers. A do-it-your­self drip ir­ri­ga­tion guide will be placed on the web­site as well as how-to videos on the laun­dry-to-land­scape ap­pli­ca­tion and drip ir­ri­ga­tion in­stal­la­tion.

The city will be work­ing closely with its ir­ri­ga­tion ven­dors on hav­ing the in­for­ma­tion avail­able at their stores and en­cour­ag­ing their cus­tomers to take ad­van­tage of the re­bates with qual­i­fy­ing pur­chases. The City of Santa Fe also en­dorses QWEL (Qual­i­fiedWater Ef­fi­cient Land­scaper) which is an EPAWaterSense la­beled cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gram in ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem au­dits.

To find a QWEL cer­ti­fied pro­fes­sional in the area, visit www.qwel.net. The out­door ir­ri­ga­tion re­bate pro­gram will of­fer an in­cen­tive if you work with a QWEL pro­fes­sional to im­prove the ef­fi­ciency of your out­door ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem.

Please feel free to con­tact us at (505) 955-4225 for any ques­tions on the re­bate pro­gram or visit our web­site at www.save­wa­ter­santafe.com for re­bate in­for­ma­tion and to ac­cess our online ap­pli­ca­tions.

We also en­cour­age all of our cus­tomers to down­load the free EyeOnWater app to track all wa­ter use on a real-time ba­sis. Dur­ing the ir­ri­ga­tion months it is very use­ful in help­ing find leaks that might be oc­cur­ring with ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tems and to en­sure that cus­tomers stay out of high­t­iered wa­ter rates.

Chris­tine Y. Chavez has a back­ground in wa­ter rights ad­min­is­tra­tion and en­ergy and wa­ter con­ser­va­tion pro­gram man­age­ment in the state ofNewMex­ico. She is a grad­u­ate of New Mex­ico State Univer­sity with a B.S. in en­vi­ron­men­tal science and an M.S. in bi­ol­ogy. Chris­tine is the wa­ter con­ser­va­tion man­ager for the City of Santa Fe. She may be reached at 505.955.4219 or cy­chavez@santafenm.gov.

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