TURLOCK -- Chuck that old commode and earn a little cash from the city.
The City Council on Tuesday approved a rebate program for residents who buy high-efficiency toilets and washing machines. Rebates of $100 for new clothes washers and $75 for toilets are available.
When the city joined the California Urban Water Conservation Council in 2009, it pledged to promote efficiency projects. Officials had considered piggybacking on a rebate program in place for high-efficiency washers through the Turlock Irrigation District. But that plan fell through because of differences in service areas.
The new city rebates will be issued as credits on residents' utility bills, rather than cash payouts. There will be a three- rebate limit per household and the credits will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds run out.
The first year of the program has a $5,000 cap on funding.
To be eligible, a number of requirements must be met. The new item must have a WaterSense or Energy Star listing, must be installed within 30 days of purchase, and must be inspected by city personnel. Pre-owned or leased appliances are not eligible.
Free curbside pickup of old toilets and washers is available.
The council approved the program by a 5-0 vote Tuesday night.
Site for Haven approved
In another unanimous vote, the council approved a five-year lease of a city building to be used as a new Turlock service site for Haven Women's Center of Stanislaus.
The site at 301 Starr Ave., which formerly housed the city's recreation division, should open about Nov. 5.
It will offer the same services as the Modesto office, including support groups, counseling, legal services and support groups to victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. The shelter will remain only in Modesto.
For more information on the rebate program, call (209) 668-5590.
Bee staff writer Marijke Rowland can be reached at email@example.com or (209) 578-2284. On Twitter: https://twitter.com/turlocknow