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Rebates & Incentives

A water-efficient landscape and irrigation system can reduce outdoor water use and minimize the amount of polluted dry weather runoff that enters the storm drain system. The City of San Diego is working to help customers conserve water by offering rebates for smart controllers, micro-irrigation, and turf replacement. Rebates are offered through a State of California grant and the City's Storm Water Department are available on a first come, first served basis until funding is exhausted. Click on the links below to learn more about the City's residential outdoor water conservation rebate programs and services and specific qualifying requirements.


Rebates Being Offered for High-Efficiency Toilets!

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is once again offering rebates on low-flow toilets. For more information and the rebate application, click here to visit the SoCal WaterSmart website.


Residential Outdoor Water Conservation Rebates

ATTENTION: The Sustainable Landscape-Turf Replacement Rebate and the Micro Irrigation Rebate Programs will change on September 1, 2014. Program requirements and rebate levels will change: The Grass Replacement Rebate will increase to $2 per square foot and the Micro Irrigation rebate will increase to $0.30 per square foot. Artificial Turf does not qualify for the City's Grass Replacement Rebate.

Please check this website on or after September 1st for the updated information. We encourage you to wait until September 1st or after to apply for your Grass Replacement and Micro Irrigation rebates.

All customers that are currently participating in these programs, but have not yet completed their project as of September 1, 2014 will complete their project according to the current guidelines, but will be eligible for the increased rebate levels.

IMPORTANT: Rebate Application must be approved PRIOR to starting project.

Sustainable Landscape - Turf Replacement Rebate - Customers can receive a turf replacement rebate of up to $1.25 per square foot of turf removed and replaced with water wise plant material (max. rebate is $3,000). Please visit this website to review program guidelines and begin the application process. Customers are not required to make changes to their irrigation system in the turf replacement project area. Projects that remove all turf from the front yard are eligible, even if less than 400 square feet.

Micro-Irrigation - Get $0.20 per square foot (up to 2400 SF and $480 per customer) for converting an overhead spray sprinkler system to low application rate micro-irrigation (i.e., micro-spray, drip, in-line emitters, etc.)

Smart Controller Rebates - Get up to $400 for upgrading an existing non-weather based irrigation controller to a smart controller (also known as Weather Based Irrigation Controller or WBIC).IMPORTANT: OUT OF FUNDING!

Rainwater Harvesting (Rain Barrel) Rebates - Get $1.00 for every gallon of rainwater storage capacity (up to 400 gallons and $400.00). Minimum total storage capacity to receive a rebate is 50 gallons.

SoCalWaterSmart - SoCalWaterSmart provides residential rebates for turf replacement, toilets, nozzles, weather based irrigation controllers, rain barrels, and high efficiency clothes washers.

Free On-Site Water Conservation Surveys - The City of San Diego offers residential customers free on-site indoor and landscape water conservation surveys that provide customized information on how to save water and money.

Mulch from Miramar Greenery - Applying mulch to your garden will reduce the need to water. City of San Diego residents may self-load up to two cubic yards of compost or mulch for free with proof of residency. One cubic yard is equal to the size of six 32-gallon trash cans. Mulch and compost can be loaded by Miramar Greenery staff. Wood chips can be purchased for a modest fee at the Miramar Landfill fee booth located at the landfill's entrance. Please call the Miramar Landfill at (858) 492-6100 to confirm availability on a particular day.

Commercial-Multifamily Outdoor Water Conservation Rebates

Micro-Irrigation Rebates - Get $0.20 per square foot (up to 6,000 SF and $1,200 per site) for converting an overhead spray sprinkler system to low application rate micro-irrigation (i.e., micro-spray, drip, in-line emitters, etc.)

Sustainable Landscape - Turf Replacement Rebates - Get $1.50 per square foot (up to 6,000 SF and $9,000) for replacing turf grass with water wise landscaping.

SoCalWaterSmart - Regional commercial rebates available for indoor and outdoor water saving devices. Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is exhausted. A reservation number is required before you purchase a water-efficient device in order to qualify for a rebate.

Irrigation Controllers Toilets Food Steamers Dry Vacuum Pumps
Rotating Nozzles In-stem Flow Regulators Ice machines Laminar Flow Restrictors
Large Rotary Nozzles Urinals Conductivity controllers

Mulch from Miramar Greenery - Applying mulch to your garden will reduce the need to water. City of San Diego residents may self-load up to two cubic yards of compost or mulch for free with proof of residency. One cubic yard is equal to the size of six 32-gallon trash cans. Mulch and compost can be loaded by Miramar Greenery staff. Wood chips can be purchased for a modest fee at the Miramar Landfill fee booth located at the landfill's entrance. Please call the Miramar Landfill at (858) 492-6100 to confirm availability on a particular day.

On-Site Commercial Landcape Survey - Take advantage of a commercial landscape survey, offered free of charge to multi-family, commercial, industrial and institutional customers in the City of San Diego. Properties will receive an audit of the irrigation system, practical advice, water-saving recommendations and a water-use budget.