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Non-Residential Water Conservation Rebate Pilot Program

Water ConservationThe Town of Okotoks has launched a pilot Non-Residential Water Conservation Rebate Program for commercial, industrial and institutional properties in Okotoks. All property owners and tenants are eligible to apply for a rebate for a demonstrated and/or third party tested water conserving initiative as approved by the Town’s Environment and Sustainability Department.

The pilot program will run until 4 p.m. on December 31, 2014, or until the $10,000 fund is depleted. The program is run on a “first-come, first-served basis” with funds being earmarked for applicants based on the date and time a fully completed Pre-Approval Application form is received by the Town. Pre-Approval Applications received after a total of $10,000 has been earmarked, will be placed on a waiting list.

Eligible rebates, as approved through pre-application to the Town’s Environment and Sustainability Department, will be based on a 50% of total purchase up to a maximum of $1,000 per business/institution. Water conserving initiatives implemented prior to the announcement of this Pilot Program will be eligible (based on approval) if purchased and implemented after January 1, 2014.

The initiative(s) must either be a product upgrade/replacement or a new initiative that goes beyond the requirements of the Town of Okotoks Water Bylaw (Bylaw 22-11). All initiatives must be in compliance with any associated Town of Okotoks, provincial and/or federal codes.

Examples of such initiatives include, but are not limited to, the following EnergyStar® and WaterSense® certified products:
•Commercial Dishwashers
•Residential Dishwashers
•Commercial Clothes Washers
•Residential Clothes Washers
•Toilets, urinals, faucets, pre-rinse spray valves, showerheads, landscape irrigation controllers)
•Batch-type Ice Maker

Steps for Program Participation:

1. Complete a Pre-Approval Application form for your intended (or past purchased) water conservation measure. Form available by clicking here.

2.Submit completed Pre-Approval Application form to the Environment & Sustainability Business Unit through the following options:
* Scan and email to Dawn Smith at dsmith@okotoks.ca
* Fax to 403.938.7387 to the attention of Dawn Smith.
Forms to be reviewed within 5-10 business days and applicant to be contacted by phone or email regarding approval or non-approval. If approved, applicant to be issued Pre-Approval number by the Town and a Final Completion Application form.

3.Applicant must complete purchase and installation of pre-approved measure/item and submit completed Final Completion Application form prior to 4 p.m. on December 31, 2014. If the water conservation initiative is not completed and the Final Completion Application form is not received by above stated date and time, the earmarked dollars will be returned to the fund and allocated to the next applicant on the waiting list.

4.All applicants will be notified if approved for rebate after the submission and approval of a Final Completion Application form. Rebate to be issued to these applicants (pending inspection) through Town of Okotoks bi-monthly utility bill or cheque in January 2015. Installation costs, delivery fees and GST are not included in rebate.

The Town of Okotoks reserves the right to arrange a on-site inspection to confirm purchases (required for any rebates totaling $200 or more).  For additional information, please contact Dawn Smith at 403.938.8901 or dsmith@okotoks.ca.

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