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Rebates

drought tolerant front yard

Several rebates are available to San Diegans to help make water-saving options more affordable.

  • Rain Barrels (REBATES ON HOLD - NO FUNDS AVAILABLE CURRENTLY) are used to capture rainwater from hard surfaces such as rooftops to help prevent pollution in our storm drain system as well as conserve water for irrigation.
  • Rain Gutters [español] (REBATES ON HOLD - NO FUNDS AVAILABLE CURRENTLY) capture rainwater from rooftops and divert it to rain barrels or pervious landscape, which naturally filters runoff, helping to decrease the amount of pollutants in our bays, ocean and waterways. 
  • Downspout Redirects [español] (REBATES ON HOLD - NO FUNDS AVAILABLE CURRENTLY) are devices that redirect rainwater from our storm drains to a pervious landscaped area that naturally filters runoff, helping to decrease the amount of pollutants in our bays, ocean and waterways.
  • The Landscape Transformation Program can help property owners replace turf landscaping. Lawns require an estimated 44 gallons of water per square foot per year! 
  • The Commercial Turf Replacement program helps businesses remove their existing grass and replace it with organic, drought landscaping. Metropolitan Water District is offering a rebate of $2.00 per square foot up to 50,000 square feet of conversion per meter year.
  • Weather-Based Irrigation Controller Systems allow you to use smart technology to optimize the use of water needed for irrigation. This rebate is available through a program administered by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Even More Rebate Opportunities

A variety of rebates are available to Southern California residents, including San Diegans, through the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Visit the Socal Water$mart website for details.

Freebie!

Mulch is a reliable, cost-effective product for water retention, erosion control and weed suppression. Up to 2 cubic yards of mulch is available free to San Diego residents with proof of residency. Wood chips and compost are also available for a fee. For more information, visit the City’s Miramar Greenery website.