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December 20, 2011 > Rebates offered on clothes washer purchases

Rebates offered on clothes washer purchases

Submitted By Frank Jahn

The Alameda County Water District, in partnership with PG&E and the Union Sanitary District, is offering Tri-City residents a $100 rebate on the purchase of a qualifying high-efficiency clothes washer.

The rebate program begins on January 1, 2012 and ends on December 31, 2012 (or until funds are depleted, whichever comes first).

"A high efficiency clothes washer can save nearly 8,000 gallons of water over the course of a year," said Stephanie Nevins, ACWD Water Conservation Administrator. "Savings like that reduce water bills, benefit our limited water supply, and reduce the amount of treated wastewater discharged into the Bay."

Nevins estimates that nearly 24,000,000 gallons of water will be saved annually if the District meets its goal of issuing 3,000 rebates during 2012.

To qualify for a rebate, residents must purchase an eligible washer, have water service provided by ACWD, and have natural gas or electricity distributed by PG&E.

For complete details on the program and to obtain a list of qualifying washers, residents are encouraged to visit or call ACWD's Water Conservation Department at 510-668-4207.

"Since its inception in 1996, more than 23,000 rebates have been issued under the Washer Rebate Program, resulting in a cumulative water savings of about 1 billion gallons," said ACWD Board president Judy Huang. The program is considered for reauthorization by the Board each year.

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