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Irrigation Equipment Upgrade Rebates

Important Program Update

On July 1, 2016, the Santa Clara Valley Water District reinstated the Landscape Rebate Program and is now accepting new applications. Sites wishing to participate in the rebate program must complete a pre-inspection and submit an application for approval before beginning any work on their project.

  • Single family and multi-family sites should call (800) 548-1882 to schedule a pre-inspection through our Water Wise House Call Program, unless they are a customer of San Jose Water Company.

  • San Jose Water Company customers should call (408) 279-7900 to schedule a Water Audit.

  • All non-residential sites should call (408) 630-2554 to schedule a pre-inspection.

  • If you have already completed a pre-inspection and have not received an application for the current Landscape Rebate Program, please call (408) 630-2554 to request an application packet.

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.  

All applications issued a Notice to Proceed on or after July 1, 2016 will be held to a total rebate cap (for both the Landscape Conversion Rebate and the Irrigation Equipment Upgrade Rebate combined) of $2,000 for Single Family and Multi-family (4 or fewer units) and a $20,000 for all Commercial sites and Multi-family (5 or more units). The caps include both the Landscape Conversion Rebate and the Irrigation Equipment Upgrade Rebate.

Rebate amounts starting on July 1, 2016:

  Qualifying Irrigation Hardware and Rebate Amounts

In-line Drip Irrigation (see below for requirements)

$0.25 per square foot

High-Efficiency Nozzles

Up to $5 per nozzle

Rotor Sprinklers or Spray Bodies with Pressure Regulation and/or Check Valves

Up to $20 per body

Rain Sensor 

Up to $50 per sensor

Dedicated Landscape Meter, Flow Sensor*, Hydrometer* 

Up to $1,000 per meter

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

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

To view the SCVWD Qualifying WBIC List, click here.

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

To view the SCVWD Qualifying In-line Drip Irrigation, 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. 
  • 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.

Drip Irrigation Conversion Rebate

Under the Drip Irrigation Conversion Rebate, sites will berebated $0.25 per square foot for converting overhead sprinklers to an in-linedrip tubing irrigation system.  This rebate is intended to encourage theconversion of inefficient overhead sprinklers to drip irrigation in existingshrub, perennial or annual planting beds.

Rebate Requirements:

  • The Drip Irrigation Conversion Rebate cannot be applied to any drip irrigation installed within the Landscape Conversion Rebate area and is intended to encourage the conversion of overhead sprinklers to drip irrigation in existing shrub, perennial or annual planting beds.
  • A minimum of 300 sq ft of landscape area must be converted to in-line drip irrigation in order to qualify for a rebate.

  • Only in-line drip tubing irrigation systems qualify for a rebate. See the Drip Irrigation Conversion Rebate Qualifying Product List for a list of qualifying in-line drip irrigation tubing.

  • Non-qualifying forms of drip irrigation include: Point-source drip emitters/drippers (emitters that need to be manually attached to drip tubing and are not built-in), multi-outlet drippers, microspray, and bubblers.

  • A minimum of one entire working overhead sprinkler irrigation zone must be converted to in-line drip irrigation. The system cannot operate on the same valve as any other forms of irrigation.

  • All equipment must be installed per manufacturer’s directions and include pressure regulator and filtration.

  • The system must be in good working order and free of leaks and malfunctions. Once installed, the system must not create any run-off.

  • May be installed on the surface and covered with mulch or below grade.

  • Drip irrigation parts receipts will not be requested.

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