by Dan Carney
Due to reduced revenues this fiscal year, the Marin Municipal Water District has been forced to reduce funding for rebates for high-efficiency toilets, high-efficiency clothes washers, and landscape materials and equipment.
Applications for landscape rebates will be accepted for purchases made on or before October 22, 2009. Applications for toilet and washer rebates will be accepted for purchases made on or before November 16, 2009.
We are processing rebate applications on a first come, first served basis until funds run out. So if you have made an eligible purchase but haven’t gotten around to submitting your paperwork, don’t wait!
The budget cuts come in response to an unprecedented decrease in water sales. The good news is our customers have taken our conservation message to heart, doing their part to reduce water use and help preserve our precious supply. The bad news is reduced water sales impact funding for our operations, including conservation programs.
Our 2009-10 budget planned for lower demand resulting from our increased investments in conservation programs; however, the economic recession and a cool summer combined to drive demand even lower than anticipated. MMWD’s Board of Directors and staff are exploring ways to reduce expenses while continuing to provide necessary services.
In spite of the challenges, MMWD remains committed to helping our customers save water. We continue to promote conservation through free on-site water efficiency surveys, school programs, public education and outreach, and professional training. For more information on current programs, visit our Water Conservation page. In addition, in the coming weeks we will be launching a rainwater harvesting pilot project, a neighborhood conservation pilot project, and more. Stay tuned!