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Micro-Irrigation Rebates

The objective of this micro irrigation rebate is to encourage the conversion of conventional overhead sprinklers to micro or drip irrigation in existing flower, shrub and vegetable bed areas. A switch from sprinklers to a well designed high efficiency micro irrigation system can improve irrigation water use efficiency and reduce urban runoff into the storm water system while maintaining a high level of living landscape to benefit the environment. Conversion to micro irrigation can save up to 9 gallons of water annually for each square foot of irrigated area converted

Rebates up to $0.30 per square foot!

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Did you know that 50% of the water consumed by most households is used to maintain landscapes and lawns?

As a City of San Diego residential or commercial potable water customer, you may qualify to receive up to a $0.30 per square foot rebate to replace your existing overhead spray sprinkler system with micro-irrigation (i.e. micro-spray, drip, in-line emitters, etc.) in other than grass replacement area(s) such as flowerbeds existing flowerbeds, shrub areas and vegetable gardens. If you are replacing your grass the rebate for micro-irrigation is already included in the $1.50 per square foot rebate. A conversion to micro-irrigation can save up to 9 gallons of water annually for each square foot of irrigated area converted.

Micro Irrigation Rebate Rules

IMPORTANT: Prior to starting your project, you need to submit a Grass Replacement/Micro-Irrigation Rebate Application for either Residential Customers or Commercial Customers (links to these applications are provided at the bottom of this page). Once your Rebate Application has been received and deemed complete, the City will call you to schedule a pre-site inspection. Projects already started or have been completed do not qualify for this rebate.

Residential Customers
  • City of San Diego Public Utilities Department residential customers served by an individual water meter may receive up to a $0.30 per square foot rebate in other than grass replacement areas such as existing flowerbeds, shrub areas and vegetable gardens. If you are replacing your grass the rebate for micro-irrigation is already included in the $1.50 per square foot rebate.
  • Rebate limit is up to 3,000 square feet and $900 per site, with a minimum conversion of 400 square feet. If less than 400 SF must convert the entire overhead sprinkler system to micro-irrigation.
Commercial Customers
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  • City of San Diego Public Utilities Commercial, Industrial and Institutional (CII) customers served by a commercial, irrigation or multi-family water meter may qualify to receive a micro-irrigation rebate. This also includes HOAs. Properties that receive recycled water for their irrigation do not qualify for this rebate.
  • You may receive a rebate of up to $0.30 per square foot for converting a qualifying existing overhead spray sprinkler system to low application rate micro-irrigation in other than grass replacement areas such as in existing flowerbeds, shrub areas and vegetable gardens. If you are replacing your grass the rebate for micro-irrigation is already included in the $1.50 per square foot rebate.
  • Rebate limit is up to 8,000 square feet and $2,400 per site, with a minimum conversion of 1,000 square feet. If less than 1,000 SF must convert the entire overhead sprinkler system to micro-irrigation.

All projects must be completed within 120 days of City-designated start date.

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IMPORTANT: First read through the City of San Diego Micro Irrigation Rebate Guidelines (PDF)

Micro-Irrigation Photos (PDF)

Plant Coverage Worksheet (PDF)

Apply for RESIDENTIAL Micro-Irrigation Rebate (PDF)

Apply for COMMERCIAL Micro-Irrigation Rebate (PDF)