The Comox Valley Regional District’s (CVRD) would like to advise residents connected to the Comox Valley and Black Creek-Oyster Bay local water systems that the rain barrel/cistern rebate program will come to an end on December 31, 2011.

The rebate program started in 2010 in the Comox Valley as part of the water efficiency strategy to encourage residents to reduce their water consumption inside and outside their home. Toilet and rain barrel rebates were also added to a pilot program for the Black Creek-Oyster River local water service area in 2011.

“In 2012, it will be important to refocus on reducing outdoor water consumption. Rain barrels and cisterns can provide this however staff is currently investigating options that would broaden the range of water-saving mechanisms that would be eligible for a rebate,” said Marc Rutten, senior manager of engineering services.

Applications for a rebate must include a receipt for purchase of a rain barrel and/or a cistern, date-stamped prior to the end of this year to be eligible. The toilet rebate program will continue with the same eligibility criteria in 2012. A $75 rebate will be issued on a first come, first serve basis while funds are available for installing high-efficiency (4.8 litre flush) or dual flush CSA (Canadian Standards Association) approved toilets. There is a maximum of two toilet rebates per installation address; this includes any toilet rebates received under the 2009, 2010 and 2011 programs.

Toilet rebates are available to property owners connected to the local water service areas including; the City of Courtenay, Town of Comox and the Arden, Comox Valley, England Road, Marsden/Camco, Greaves Crescent and Black Creek-Oyster Bay. For more information on the rebate program and to download an application form visit www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/rebates.

The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing sustainable services for residents and visitors to the area. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.