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Ahead of monsoon, Tucson residents can install water-conservation systems for rebates

City officials in Tucson are promoting a program that teaches residents how to install water-saving systems in their homes in  exchange for rebatesfrom the city.

Residents can get rebates for installing conservation-focused appliances, like high-efficiency toilets and washing machines, and setting up systems for greywater or rainwater harvesting. 

The program also offers small grants to get the systems installed for low-income residents. But as of this month, those wanting to get rebates must take part in a workshop before installing their systems. 

City officials say the change will help improve the program by giving residents a better understanding of the water saving systems before they’re installed. Workshops are free and offered several times per month.

Earlier this year, Tucson was one of a handful of  Arizona cities that agreedto take less water from the Colorado River amid ongoing drought.

Alisa Reznick is a senior field correspondent covering stories across southern Arizona and the borderlands for the Tucson bureau of KJZZ's Fronteras Desk.