Environment Ministry’s water tank rebates program triggers enormous interest
The Environment Ministry’s water tank rebates program which should launch a policy of rainwater harvesting and utilization has proved hugely successful with the public. People scrambled to respond to a call for subsidies on Monday, with the day’s requests practically exhausting the ministry’s fund for this year.
The requests can only be made electronically and will be processed and assessed by the State Fund for the Environment. One family can get up to 105 thousand crowns in subsidies and will need to prove that the money has been spent as stated. As with subsidies for environmentally friendly stoves, the program triggered overwhelming interest. In the first two hours after it officially opened the State Fund for the Environment received 800 requests which, if approved, would exhaust the money earmarked for the program in its first phase.
The Environment Ministry has welcomed the interest and is hoping that Czechs will be receptive to the increasingly urgent need for better water management. Until now people have felt scant concern regarding the enormous amount of clear water wasted. According to the ministry’s data the inhabitants of Prague alone spend 12 billion liters of drinking water in the course of a single year just flushing toilets –an amount that could quench the thirst of Europe’s inhabitants over a period of five days.