Island home owners keen to tap into the benefits of rainwater harvesting are eligible for a new rebate for any work undertaken after Nov. 1, 2015.
“You can use it for barrels, piping, pumps, water fixtures or to pay for a handyman,” said Sharon Bywater, a rainwater collection proponent and Salt Spring Water Council member. “This is for people who have existing systems and would like to grow their system and upgrade, or those who want to put in a new system.”
The Water Council will refund up to 25 per cent of costs to install or upgrade a water catchment system valued at up to $250, for a maximum possible rebate of $62.50. The program is possible thanks to $12,000 in funding from the Capital Regional District. Rebates will be offered on a first-come first-served basis until the money has dried up. People who are not ready to take the plunge but still want to access the rebate can reserve a claim for up to eight weeks.