Efficient water use is a way of life in San Diego, and the City has a number of resources available to help residents and businesses reduce water consumption.
Under current U.S. tax code, water conservation rebates are not tax-exempt. A social security number or a taxpayer identification number (TIN) must be provided via a completed Form W-9 along with the rebate application paperwork in order to receive a rebate. Form W-9 is used to officially ask a person or business to provide their name, address and taxpayer identification number so the requesting party can properly issue tax documents to the Internal Revenue Service.
Please consult with a tax advisor if you have questions regarding any potential tax implications of your rebate.
Permanent Water Use Restrictions Remain
These restrictions remain in effect at this time and the City is asking residents to abide by these important rules, designed to reduce water consumption.
City of San Diego CII (Commercial, Industrial, and Institutional) water customers may be eligible to receive a rebate for grass replacement up to $1.50 per square foot (minimum 1,000 SF and up to 10,000 SF). Limited funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
City of San Diego residential customers may also be eligible for a rebate through the San Diego County Water Authority's Sustainable Landscape Program.
Rainwater Harvesting Rebates (Rain Barrel)
Rebates for rain barrels are still available through the City of San Diego. Rain barrels are used to capture rainwater from hard surfaces such as rooftops. These barrels are a quick way to conserve - then use - water for irrigation purposes, as well as to help prevent pollution by reducing the amount of runoff entering our storm drain system.
Pressure Reducing Valve (PRV) Rebates
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 and is intended for properties that currently have a static pressure equal or greater than 80 psi (pounds per square inch) and cannot be adjusted downward.
Graywater System Rebates
The NEW Graywater Systems Rebate Program is open and awaiting your applications! To learn more about the program please read the Graywater Systems fact sheet found below in the Water Conservation Library. There you will find recommendations, program parameters and requirements, and information about the rebate process. Once you're ready, you can apply for the Graywater Systems Rebate Program here.
Water Conservation Library
|Fact Sheet||Fact Sheet|
|Level 1 Drought Watch Provisions||Planning for the Future|
|Frequently Asked Questions: Level 1 Drought Watch||Resources & Tools|
|Graywater Systems||Leading By Example|
|PRV Rebate Program Guidelines||PRV Rebate Program FAQ|
Residential and Commercial Water Surveys Available At No Cost
Leaks and over-irrigation can cause significant waste. The City of San Diego offers water conservation services, including its Residential Water Survey, Multi-Family Survey, Commercial Survey and Water-Wise Business Survey programs. These free programs are available to property owners and tenants located within the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department's service area. Visit the Water Surveys Programs page for more details. For a survey appointment and more information, call (619) 570-1999, or email [email protected].
Sustainable Landscapes Program
The San Diego Sustainable Landscapes Program, is a grant-funded partnership created by the San Diego County Water Authority, the City of San Diego, the County of San Diego, the Surfrider Foundation, the California American Water Company and the Association of Compost Producers, to transform turf-based urban landscapes to ones that provide multiple environmental benefits, such as increased water-use efficiency and improved storm water management.
Residents can now find a comprehensive 71-page Sustainable Landscape Guidelines with photos, diagrams and checklists; landscaping classes; and technical assistance through personalized design coaching by visiting the San Diego Sustainable Landscapes Program. Other resources provided include Water Smart Sustainable Landscape Classes for landscape professionals and access to discounted landscaping materials such as mulch and compost.
As part of the Sustainable Landscapes Program, City of San Diego customers will be able to participate in a turf removal incentive program. For more information visit: http://sustainablelandscapessd.org/incentives/
DO NOT remove your turf grass before you are officially approved by the program!
Free California-Friendly Landscape Classes
A more attractive and water-efficient yard sounds enticing, doesn't it? Need more inspiration? Then sign up for a FREE California-Friendly Landscape Class!
The San Diego Public Utilities Department is partnering with the San Diego County Water Authority and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California to offer free training classes on WaterSmart landscaping. The class introduces a holistic approach to landscape design and maintenance that emphasizes water-use efficiency. This class does not discuss specific plants, but provides a solid foundation regarding landscape planning before selecting plants.
The three-hour seminars are fast-paced and informative. They offer solutions to common landscape problems. Participants will learn to think about landscapes from the soil up. In addition, they will learn how to design landscapes that are sustainable in the San Diego climate. Class topics will include how to make the best use of the region's limited rainfall, irrigate efficiently and choose the best plants for each yard.For information about all of the free WaterSmart landscaping classes in the County of San Diego, please visit: Water Smart California Friendly Landscape Training Class.
Report water waste by calling 619-533-5271 or sending an email to [email protected].
General Water Conservation Information: 619-533-7485