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RPU’s Water Conservation Tips Brochure

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Get easy water conservation tips and ideas by viewing and downloading RPU’s Water Conservation Tips brochure. See how you can use less water in your home by being more efficient with your water use and in turn, save money on your monthly water bill.


6th annual “Slow the Flow” Rain Barrel sale

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Zumbro Watershed Partnership will be having their 6th annual “Slow the Flow” Rain Barrel sale on Saturday, May 4th from 9 am-3 pm at Graham Park.  This is a one-day truckload sale of high quality rain barrels at $70each that would normally cost significantly more in retail stores. For more information visit the ZWP website.

Rain barrels are an easy and inexpensive way to use utilize rain water for watering uses outside your home.

Make sure to apply for the rain barrel rebate through RPU too!

New RPU water usage brochure

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Make sure to check our the new RPU water usage brochure. This step by step guide will provide tips on water conservation and will give you places to look to find where you might be using too much water throughout your house.

View water usage brochure

1,000 rain barrels to be sold on Saturday, June 5

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Starting at 9 a.m on Saturday June 5th, Olmsted County will be selling 1,000 rain barrels in the parking lot of Apache Mall. The rain barrels will be selling for $45 each with a $10 rebate available for RPU water customers. Rain barrels can cut your water bill by up to 40% and by collecting rain water, they provide a healthy and natural source of water for lawns, gardens, and plant life.

In addition, compost bins will also be sold for $40 each. There is a limited supply of rain barrels and compost bins being offered.

 Rain Barrel and Compost Bin Sale Flyer



RPU to offer rebates on water efficient appliances and equipment

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU), along with Austin Utilities and Owatonna Public Utilities, will launch new rebate offerings under the Conserve & Save program for water efficient appliances and equipment beginning on April 1. Rebates will range from $4 up to $200 depending on the equipment and will be available to both residential and commercial customers.

Along with the approval of the water conservation rate structure at the February Utility Board meeting, the RPU Board also asked for a water conservation program offering rebates and ongoing education for water conservation and efficiency. The water efficiency rebate program will offer rebates to residential customers on ENERGY STAR® clothes washers, high-efficiency toilets, rain barrels, and rotating sprinkler nozzles. Commercial customers can take advantage of the residential water rebate offerings along with the rebates specifically for commercial customers such as pre-rinse spray valves, large rotating sprinkler nozzles, ultra low water urinals, and zero water urinals.

“Although we are mandated by the state of Minnesota to implement rates for water conservation, we feel that offering rebates to customers to conserve water by making water efficient purchases is the right thing to do. We have seen great success in our energy conservation offerings and hope to mirror that with our new water conservation offerings,” said Larry Koshire, RPU General Manager.

For more information on water rebates please visit the Conserve and Save section here.