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Water Saving Rebates
updated: Jul 11, 2014, 9:40 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

I bought a new toilet that uses less water and a washer that uses less water. I am surprised that Santa Barbara doesn't give a water rebate for a low flow toilet only high efficiency washer. Why no incentive Santa Barbara?

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 MTNDRIVER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-11 09:54 AM

Are you sure that's true? Maybe the reason is that most people installed low flow toilets 20 years ago or more. Not being snarky, that's simply the case. We got rebates when we replaced ours, long long ago. Only $40 each, as I recall.

 

 COMMENT 534691P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-11 10:12 AM

MTNDRIVER is right. I remember changing over our toilets, buying five new ones at Home Improvement Center. The rebate wasn't much.

When I bought my "eco" washer, two years ago, the rebate was somewhere around $250. Damn washer takes about an hour to do one "ecowash" load. But it does seem to use a lot less H20, and clothes come out nice and clean.

 

 COMMENT 534704 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-11 10:36 AM

With low fow toilets you waste just as much water having to flush them numerous times after using it.

 

 COMMENT 534707P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-11 10:42 AM

Actually, there are some newer toilets out there that use very little water but have suction action to ensure that one flush is enough. Do the research.

 

 COMMENT 534724P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-11 11:13 AM

719: TMI.

 

 COMMENT 534736P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-11 11:34 AM

Make sure that you save as much water as you can so that the City Council / Board of Supervisors can approve more development.

 

 COMMENT 534749P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-11 12:14 PM

719: Your poor digestive system.

 

 COMMENT 534755 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-11 12:44 PM

There is a smart rebates program for the City of Santa Barbara through the California Urban Water Conservation Council which provides $150.00 rebates for residential high efficiency washers. I would post the link but cannot, try the name California Urban Water Conservation Council in your search engine and you will see it.

 

 COMMENT 534800P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-11 03:28 PM

755: It's not just a rebate from the City. There's also a Gas Co. rebate and one other, I believe. Edison? Have to fill out a lot of papers or do online. Usually the company you purchase from can put you on to the correct rebate offers.

@736: You said it all. And I'm not kidding. Call me selfish, when actually I'm just being common sensical. I was here first, by decades, and if there's not enough water to go around, then STOP THE DEVELOPMENT. Plus, many of us have been conserving water for years and years. Why should the rest of us have to be niggardly with our use, just so developers can profit and more and more people can move here? Time to stop acting like there's an endless supply.

 

 COMMENT 534833P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-11 04:47 PM

Yes, I've had low flow toilet & shower head since the early 90's. Toilet's always worked fine, for men & women, large & small. Xeriscaped with rocks, lantana & succulents in the 80's. Dish pan. Hard to drop usage 20% when one lives that way.

I've been extra careful for well over a year while being mad that the city or county didn't do a dang thing; waited so dang long to even DECLARE a drought, when it was obvious!

And now I WANT glossy gov't. fliers to share with my neighbors and guess what -- None. No "junk" mail. But plenty of election mailers... Get your priorities straight, people. Maybe candidates/politicians can pony up for education.

Water conservation should be covered in grade and all schools, like recycling was and maybe still is. Turn that water off every time while you wash your hands and brush your teeth. Single handle faucets help. Shorter showers. Don't flush when you pee, and women, put the TP in a trash bag!

 

 COMMENT 534883P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-12 07:09 AM

736P is right --- just look at Goleta: the Goleta Water District prides itself on saving water, on having the lowest use per customer (thanks to all those many thousands of UCSB students) and look at all the development in Goleta. ...Goleta is lucky - there's no drought there, ...if you believe the GWD.

As for Santa Barbara, the less we use the higher will be the rates, since the costs of all the infrastructure must be paid -- and just wait for the extreme costs of desal!!!

 

 COMMENT 534891 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-12 07:57 AM

Cost, i.e. salaries, beneifts and overhead are not reduced. When less water is used the water rates rise to cover these items. You will be paying more for less. The GWD is in good shape because they managed their ground water reserves well. Years ago they did not. I fact, in the past they were selling the public users a device to insert in a standard toilet to reduce water use by displacing water in the tank. When I was in the rest room at the GWD HQ I lifted the tank top to see a water filled l gallon bleach bottle in the tank which apparently worked as well as the devices they were "SELLING".

 

 LUCKY 777 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-12 08:34 AM

I was recently told by a plumber that he could not legally repair the seal on my toilet because it is an antique, not up to the current standards, and would have to be replaced with a lo-flow model. But I did get someone to replace the gasket and with the aforementioned jug of water in the tank it magically becomes adapted and a lower volume of water is used. I'm curious what is happening to all the toilets deemed obsolete and illegal, surely they weigh too much to be shipped south to Mexico as many of our left-overs are, so are they headed for landfills?

 

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