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Posted on: October 19, 2015

CVWD launches new and easier way to apply for programs

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The Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) has launched a new online feature to make it easier to participate in the agency's many conservation rebate and incentive programs.

CVWD customers who want to participate in one of the programs can now apply, make any necessary changes to the application and check the status of their rebate check online at www.cvwd.org/rebates.

The new online feature is easy to use and it will streamline the process so applications can be processed more efficiently. Customers will simply create an account, complete an application and submit. The new process will include an education component for customers who want to learn more before they get started. Those who have an online account for paying bills will need to create a separate account specifically for conservation programs.

CVWD offers several conservation programs to help customers reduce water use. Due to the statewide drought and increased interest in water conservation, the programs are more popular than they have ever been.

CVWD has allocated $4.7 million to fund the programs this fiscal year, up from $3.2 million the previous year.

  • Turf conversion. Replace your grass with water-efficient landscaping. For residential customers, CVWD will offer $1 per square foot up to a maximum of 2,000 square feet. For qualifying HOAs and commercial customers, rebates available are $1 per square foot up a maximum of $25,000 per project. Rebates apply to both full and curbside conversions. Pre-approval is required to qualify for this rebate.
  • New generation sprinkler nozzles. Convert from less efficient spray nozzles to new-generation sprinkler nozzles. For residential customers, the rebates are $4 per nozzle for a maximum of $2,000. For HOA and commercial customers, the rebates are $4 per nozzle for a maximum of $10,000.
  • Smart irrigation controllers. Homeowners can receive a free controller, with free installation and programming. HOAs and businesses may be eligible for smart controller rebates of up to half the cost of the controller.
  • Toilet rebate. Residential customers who replace an old toilet with a newer, more efficient one may be eligible for a $100 rebate per toilet, up to two per household. Businesses may qualify for a rebate of up to $140 per toilet.  Older toilets must be recycled.
  • Indoor conservation kit. Free kits include indoor water efficiency devices, including a low-flow shower head, aerators and leak detection tablets. One kit is available per household.

If you previously applied for one of the above programs, you do not need to re-apply. You will receive an email asking you to create a password and log-in to view the status of your application.

Customers who do not have computer access will be able to apply for programs through the mail or by phone by calling (888) 871-1660.

The Coachella Valley Water District is a public agency governed by a five-member board of directors. The district provides domestic and irrigation water, agricultural drainage, wastewater treatment and reclamation services, regional storm water protection, groundwater management and water conservation. It serves approximately 108,000 residential and business customers across 1,000 square miles, located primarily in Riverside County, but also in portions of Imperial and San Diego counties.

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