Maybe the August rains washed away public awareness of this, as they helped replenish Cheney Reservoir to its current 97 percent level: The city of Wichita is offering rebates to encourage water conservation, having set aside $1 million in June to be available through December to help residents buy water-efficient appliances such as dishwashers and low-flow toilets ($100 rebates) or rain barrels ($75). The program applies to purchases made since May 1. But only $201,000 in rebates has been paid out for 2,100 such purchases. “Don’t delay, take part in the rebate program before the money runs out!” the city’s website urges. But so far it seems more likely that time will run out first.
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