The City of Cottage Grove is offering rebates to residents for purchasing water saving toilets, dishwashers, and washing machines. As part of the city’s water conservation program, grants of up to $100 for toilets, $200 for dishwashers and $300 for washing machines will be offered.
Cottage Grove supplies water to its residents, businesses, schools, churches, and non-profits by pumping groundwater out of aquifers. On average, the daily volume of water used in Cottage Grove is approximately 3.4 million gallons – about 75 gallons per person every day.
In the summer during a dry spell, Cottage Grove water use has jumped as high as 11.5 million gallons of water in a single day. This day is called the day of maximum demand.
City water infrastructure – including pumps, water treatment plants and watermains – is built and maintained for the day of maximum demand.
The city wants to keep the maximum day water demand as low as possible. As the maximum demand rises, the city must expand its water capacity by adding pumps, installing larger water main, and expanding water treatment facilities. Encouraging municipal water users to install more efficient appliances and toilets helps keep the demand lower. The city also has a program in the spring to provide water-saving lawn irrigation controllers at below-market cost.
A grant from the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services, through funding from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, makes this rebate program possible. This program will run through June of 2024 or until funds are exhausted.