Pressure Reducing Valve
City of San Diego residential water customers served by an individual water meter may be eligible to receive a rebate up to $100 per property. The rebate covers the cost of a new indoor PRV up to $100, and is for properties that currently have a static pressure equal or greater than 80 pounds per square inch (psi) and cannot be adjusted downward.
You may qualify for the rebate program as long as your property has a static pressure equal to or in excess of 80 psi. You must obtain a plumbing permit, from the City of San Diego Development Services Department if your property does not currently have a PRV and you want to install one. As per Municipal code section 129.0402 any new plumbing work requires a permit.
Pressure Reducing Valves (PRV) may be installed by homeowners, licensed plumbers, or maintenance persons. Licensed plumbers must complete the Plumbers Certification Form.
- IMPORTANT: Read complete instructions on how to replace a PRV and obtain your rebate in the Pressure Reducing Valve Rebate Program Guidelines
- Take photo of existing PRV showing pressure gauge.
- Remove PRV.
- Install new PRV and set to a pressure between 45 psi and 75 psi.
- Take post-installation photo of PRV pressure gauge showing pressure between 30 and 75 psi.
- Complete the PRV rebate application online and upload all supporting documentation.
The PRV rebate is made possible by a grant from the California Department of Water Resources and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis until funding is exhausted. The rebate covers the cost of a new household PRV only (not for irrigation). This program is subject to change without prior notification.
What is a Pressure Reducing Valve
Pressure Reducing Valves are a type of valve installed in a plumbing system to regulate water pressure and potentially reduce water waste. Pressure reducing valves can save water by automatically reducing the incoming water pressure from the city street mains and providing a lower, more functional pressure in the home. The device can save between 30,000 to 40,000 gallons of water per year in the average home. Lower pressure results in water fixtures using less water, and reduces the potential for leaks.
Some symptoms of a damaged PRV resulting in high pressure are:
- Banging or high pitched whistling sound coming from the pipes usually when the water is being turned off,
- Higher than expected water flow coming from water fixtures,
- High pressure at the faucet,
- Frequent leaks in toilets and faucets.