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SCOTTSDALE -- Scottsdale may step up its campaign for water
conservation by launching a new media blitz and increasing rebates
for water-conscious homeowners.
Scottsdale City Council members will discuss the new measures at a
work-study session, although they will not take a formal vote on the
Water Resources General Manager David Mansfield said that
Scottsdale wants to make more people aware of the programs that
already exist and offer even more incentives to those who want to
take advantage of them.
"We're looking for the biggest bang for the buck," he said.
Some of the new ideas include:
¥ A rebate of $200 to homeowners who install a hot water
recirculation system. The device helps send hot water directly
through the tap, eliminating the need to let water run until it heats
up. The recirculators cost from $500 to $1,000 to buy and install,
and the city would offer a credit to the customer's water bill. In
the future, the city may consider requiring the devices for new
¥ Increase the rebate for converting to xeriscape landscaping to
$1,500 from $500 for residents and up to $3,000 for commercial
¥ Increase the limitations on the size and appearance of water
features. Currently, property owners are restricted in the height and
placement of fountains and must use water-conserving techniques.
Further limitations could be added.
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