Small Business Rebates on Offer

19 April 2012
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Small businesses within City West Water’s service area are being encouraged to take advantage of rebates of up to $2000 on a wide range of water efficient products to reduce water use and save money.

The State Government’s Living Victoria Water Rebate program was extended in July last year to small businesses to enable them to implement water saving initiatives at minimal cost.

City West Water Managing Director Anne Barker said the rebates presented small businesses with a great opportunity to help reduce water usage and costs.

“Businesses across Melbourne have dramatically reduced their water use over recent years, and the rebates on offer to small business are aimed squarely at seeing that continue into the future,” Ms Barker said.

“We’ve supported many of our larger customers to reduce their water use, and the rebates now on offer are extending support to our smaller business customers.”

“We understand that there are many cost pressures affecting small businesses, but these rebates not only save water, but can help reduce water and energy costs over the long term.”

Rebates are available to businesses with 20 or less employees, with up to $2000 available on a range of water efficient products such as commercial glass washers, dishwashers, washing machines, high pressure cleaners and water efficient toilets and amenities.

"It doesn’t matter what type of business you operate – restaurants, laundromats, car washes and hairdressing salons are just some of the business who can achieve real savings and become water efficient,” Ms Barker said.

A rebate can be claimed for 50 per cent of the cost up to a maximum rebate amount of $2000 on eligible products purchased.

Ms Barker said that even with the improvement in Melbourne’s water storages, businesses that continue with water efficient practices in the future can benefit most.

“Many businesses adapted their water use during the drought, and with these rebates, you can convert those water efficient practices into some real financial savings.”

“The rebates have been designed to help as many small businesses as possible implement simple yet cost effective measures to reduce their water use and save money.”

For more information about the program and products eligible for a rebate visit Department of Environment and Primary Industries.