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Red Deer offers rebate programs to help conserve water

Ways to save money and use less water
The city has rebates programs for residents who have a City of Red Deer utility account. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Red Deerians looking to conserve water and save money should check out the city’s rebate programs.

Residents who buy a rain barrel, drought-tolerant plants, permeable mulch or a low-flow toilet may qualify for a rebate on their city utility bill.

Participants could also see a reduction in water usage in their homes with these products which will save them additional money.

Many regions of the province are experiencing drought conditions, and the rebate programs support the city’s water-related goals by reducing Red Deerians water use and increasing water conservation efforts.

The province is currently in water shortage management Stage 4 (out of 5) and multiple water management areas are impacted by water shortage.

Plant and mulch rebates are for residents who purchase and install qualifying plants and/or permeable mulch in 2024. One rebate is for 50 per cent of the cost of plants up to $50, and one rebate is for 50 per cent of the cost of mulch up to $50.

The rain barrel rebate is for residents who purchase and install a new rain barrel in 2024. The rebate is for 50 per cent of the cost of the rain barrel up to $50.

To encourage residents to participate in the program, the rain barrel rebate has been expanded for 2024. Participants who received one rain barrel rebate in past years are welcome to apply for one additional rebate. There is a maximum of two rebates per utility account for the lifetime of that account.

The toilet rebate is for those who replace a high-flow toilet with a low-flow model. Two $25 rebates are available per utility account. People who have participated in this program in previous years are not eligible to receive another rebate.

For details on how to qualify for the rebates visit

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Susan Zielinski

About the Author: Susan Zielinski

Susan has been with the Red Deer Advocate since 2001. Her reporting has focused on education, social and health issues.
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