Time running out to apply for rebates for installing reverse osmosis systems

By: - March 24, 2023 10:51 am

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LINCOLN — Nebraskans with high nitrate levels in private wells have until March 31 to apply for rebates to help with the installation of reverse osmosis systems to clean up drinking water.

State rebates of up to $4,000 are available to owners of private wells with drinking water test levels above 10 parts per million (ppm) of nitrate, the level deemed hazardous to humans.

The rebate program, administered by the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy, was funded through President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act. It was authorized last year by the Nebraska Legislature.

Applicants must ensure that their well is registered with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources.

They also must submit water quality data from the State laboratory. Tests can be dated no earlier than January 1, 2022.

Applications must also submit a cost estimate from a qualified plumber or installer.

NDEE will disperse approved rebates after successful installation of a reverse osmosis system and demonstration, via a water test, of effective removal of nitrate to a level below 10 ppm.

Requirements and application forms for the Reverse Osmosis Rebate Program can be found on NDEE’s website at 051.

Inquiries can also be made to NDEE State Revolving Fund Section Supervisor Steve McNulty at [email protected] or 402-471-4200.

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Paul Hammel
Paul Hammel

Senior Reporter Paul Hammel has covered the Nebraska state government and the state for decades. Previously with the Omaha World-Herald, Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha Sun, he is a member of the Omaha Press Club's Hall of Fame. He grows hops, brews homemade beer, plays bass guitar and basically loves traveling and writing about the state. A native of Ralston, Nebraska, he is vice president of the John G. Neihardt Foundation.