Many of us take for granted the 38 inches of precipitation that Ohio receives each year. Unlike those in the western and northwestern United States who are currently living in drought conditions (droughtmonitor.unl.edu), we turn on the tap and water comes out. We usually don’t care how much we use, even when our summer gets hot and dry.
Have you ever thought about the impact you have on the quality and quantity of our local water? To encourage awareness of water conservation and stormwater management, Del-Co Water and the Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) have partnered with the Del-Aware Water Rebate program. This two-year pilot program began in 2020 and is open for participation until October 1 or until funds are exceeded.
Participants can get up to a $ 50 refund for the purchase of a rain barrel, sprinkler faucet timer, sprinkler system controller, or humidity sensor from the ground by following these steps:
1. Attend an in-person Delaware SWCD workshop or complete our online conservation quiz.
2. After attending a workshop or successfully completing the online quiz, you will receive a confirmation code by email to request a voucher on our website. (In-person workshop participants who pre-register will leave with their voucher.)
3. Use your Pass Confirmation Code to request your voucher on our website. Once we receive your request form, a voucher will be emailed to you within a week.
4. Purchase an approved item and submit your purchase for refund. Upload or send a copy of your receipt and a photo of the item.
5. You will receive a confirmation email stating that your rebate has been accepted and is being processed.
6. Once we have processed your rebate, a check will be sent from Delaware SWCD for the amount of your item, up to $ 50 (taxes and shipping charges are not refundable charges).
To participate, you must be a Del-Co Water customer residing in Delaware County. You must pass the online quiz or attend an in-person workshop hosted by Delaware SWCD. There is a limit of one item per household in 2021. DIY projects are non-refundable. Item purchase date must be 2021. Discount is subject to availability of funds.
Here are some ways to be water efficient this summer:
• Set the lawn mower blades high because taller grass is more resistant to drought and discourages weeds.
• Purchase a pressure nozzle for your hose so you can easily stop and start the flow without going back to the faucet.
• Water your plants early in the morning or late at night to reduce water loss due to evaporation.
• Repair all exterior leaks, including faucets, pipes, hot tubs, swimming pools and in-ground irrigation systems.
• Choose native plants that are suited to Ohio’s climate and weather conditions, as they require little or no added fertilizer and water.
Detailed information on Del-Aware’s water rebate program, as well as other conservation topics, can be found at groundandwater.co.delaware.oh.us.
Bonnie Dailey is Deputy Director of the Delaware Soil & Water Conservation District. For more information, visit https://soilandwater.co.delaware.oh.us/.