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Irrigation Equipment Upgrade Rebates

Important Program Update

(January 22, 2016)

Despite a vastly increased budget during the drought, Santa Clara Valley Water District's funding for the Landscape Rebate Program is depleted for the current fiscal year.

SCVWD is no longer scheduling pre-inspections or providing applications. Any incoming applications from those who have had pre-inspections will be placed on a waiting list in case additional funds are added at a later date.

Please Note:   Sites that have been denied participation in the Landscape Rebate Program for not meeting the initial program eligibility requirements will not be allowed to re-apply for the rebate within three (3) years of the initial pre-inspection or denial date, whichever is the latter.

Santa Clara County single family, multi-family properties, and business properties with qualifying irrigation hardware can receive rebates for the installation of high efficiency irrigation equipment. The table below describes qualifying hardware and the rebate amounts available.  

Rebate amounts starting on April 22, 2014:

  Qualifying Irrigation Hardware and Rebate Amounts

Rain Sensor
Up to $50 per sensor
High-Efficiency Nozzles 
Up to $5 per nozzle
Dedicated Landscape Meter, Flow Sensor**, Hydrometer**  Up to $1,000 per meter
Rotor Sprinklers or Spray Bodies with Pressure Regulation and/or Check Valves
Up to $20 per body
Weather Based Irrigation Controller, 1-12 Stations*
Up to $300 per controller
Weather-Based Irrigation Controller, 13-24 Stations*
Up to $1,000 per controller
Weather-Based Irrigation Controller, 25 Stations Or Greater*
Up to $2,000 per controller

Rebate amounts listed reflect a temporary increase due to current drought conditions and are subject to change. Projects must be completed within 90 days of Notice to Proceed date.

*Must be on SCVWD Qualifying WBIC List and controllers must be installed with a rain sensor unless otherwise noted. 

**Must be installed with a compatible irrigation controller to qualify.  See manufacturer's specifications.

To view the SCVWD Qualifying High-Efficiency Nozzle List, click here.

To view the SCVWD Qualifying WBIC List, click here

For a list of irrigation supply stores in Santa Clara County, click here.

Irrigation Equipment Rebate Eligibility

  • Applicants must have received a pre-inspection.
  • Rebates are available for residents, businesses, or institutions located within Santa Clara County.
  • Participants must own the property to be eligible.
  • Applicants must attain pre-approval by participating in a qualifying pre-inspection and submit an Application Request Form to the water district.  Customers participating in just the Irrigation Equipment Upgrade Rebate may be eligible to participate in an expedited pre-inspection.  Please contact the Water Conservation Hotline (408-630-2554) for more details. 
  • Projects that have been started or projects that have already been completed prior to the Notice to Proceed are not eligible.
  • New construction does not qualify as the Landscape Rebate Program is aimed at encouraging retrofitting of existing facilities.
  • Only irrigation hardware approved by the Santa Clara Valley Water District will qualify for a rebate.
  • Rebate material must be purchased after receiving a written Notice to Proceed from the water district.
  • Projects must be completed within 90 days of receiving a written Notice to Proceed from the water district.
  • Labor, installation, construction costs, delivery charges, hauling fees, rebates and discounts are not covered by this rebate.

Irrigation Hardware Upgrade Requirements:

  • Customers must ensure that rebates are requested only for hardware which meets the program requirements. 
  • Irrigation hardware rebates over $50,000 will need to be approved on a case by case basis and proof of water savings may be required.  Applications received after January 1, 2015 will be held to a $50,000 per site cap.
  • Applicants must purchase eligible hardware that qualifies for a minimum total rebate of $75.
  • Irrigation hardware must be low water using and equipped with pressure compensating devices and/or equipped with proper check valves.
  • The system must be in good working order, free of leaks and malfunctions. In addition, the irrigation system, once installed, must not create run-off, overspray, or misting.
  • Sites installing weather based irrigation controllers must have a rain sensor installed in order to receive a rebate unless otherwise noted. For a list of qualifying weather-based irrigation controllers, please see the Qualifying WBIC List enclosed with your application or click here.
  • Rebates are provided for upgrading existing conventional controllers to qualifying weather-based controllers.
  • All receipts for rebate materials must be submitted upon request.
  • Rebates may be considered taxable income by the Internal Revenue Service and/or the State of California and a signed W-9 form must be provided with the application for rebates $600 or more received within one calendar year.

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