This program is designed to encourage residents and businesses to convert approved high-water use landscape, such as lawns and pools, to low-water use landscape, as well as to retrofit existing irrigation equipment with approved high-efficiency irrigation equipment.
You may qualify for rebates valued up to:
- $3,000* for residential sites (beginning July 1st)
- $50,000* for commercial/multi-family sites (5 or more units)
*Maximum rebates may be even higher in some cost sharing areas
Customers have the option to either apply now at the current, lower rebate amounts or to wait to apply for increased amounts! Beginning July 1st, maximum rebates will increase to $3,000 for residential sites and Landscape Conversion Rebates will go up to $2/square foot for all sites! Maximum rebate amounts and rebate rates may be higher in some cost sharing areas.
Applications approved before July 1st will not receive the higher rebate amounts.
Landscape Rebate Program
Valley Water's landscape rebate program offers four different rebates that can help you reduce water waste.
You can apply for incentives you are interested in now, and reapply in the future for new incentives and projects until you reach the rebate cap. Use the Online Application Portal to apply for and track projects.
Rebates are available until June 30, 2022, or until funds are depleted.
Types of rebates available
Landscape Conversion Rebate
Residents and businesses are encouraged to convert approved high-water use landscapes, such as lawns and pools, to low-water use landscapes. More than two-thirds of participants noticed a decrease in their water bill after transforming their yards. The current base rate for this incentive is $1/square foot. You have the option to wait to apply for a Landscape Conversion Rebate until or after July 1st, at which time you will be eligible for a base rebate of $2/square foot!
View details and steps to qualify for the Landscape Conversion Rebate on our online application.
See Landscape Guides and Resources to learn more about creating a sustainable landscape.
In-Line Drip Irrigation Conversion Rebate
Want to keep your landscaping? Valley Water will pay you to convert overhead sprinklers to in-line drip tubing in existing shrubs, perennial, or annual planting beds.
View details and steps to qualify for the In-Line Drip Irrigation Conversion Rebate on our online application.
Find more information about sprinklers and irrigation equipment.
Irrigation Equipment Upgrade Rebate
Need an upgrade? We’ll help you replace qualifying inefficient irrigation hardware with approved efficient equipment (includes weather-based irrigation controllers, rain sensors, and more).
View details and steps to qualify for the Irrigation Equipment Upgrade Rebate on the online application.
Find more information about sprinklers and irrigation equipment.
Rainwater Capture Rebate
Do you want help saving rainwater for later? If you have an existing gutter or downspout system not currently capturing rainwater, Valley Water will help you install rain barrels, cisterns, and rain gardens.
View details and steps to qualify for the Rainwater Capture Rebate on the online application.
Find more information about rainwater harvesting.
Online Application Portal
Use the Online Application Portal to apply for, track and review your program rebates. The portal includes:
- Detailed information about each rebate available
- Program requirements and steps for how to apply
- Lists of qualifying equipment, plants, and materials
The portal is not site-specific, and can be used to manage District rebates for any site of which you are the owner or authorized representative.
Rebate eligibility and process overview
Learn if your landscape is eligible for the rebate program, and review the process to apply and receive your rebate.
Landscape rebate qualifications & rebate caps
Sites wishing to participate in the rebate program must complete a pre-inspection and submit an online application for approval before beginning any work.
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.
All applications issued a Notice to Proceed will be held to a total rebate cap (or both the Landscape Conversion Rebate and the Irrigation Equipment Upgrade Rebate combined).
Single-family & multi-family (4 or fewer units) properties
- Default cap = $2,000
- Cost-sharing cap = $4,000
Commercial & multi-family (5 or more units)
- Default cap = $50,000
- Cost-sharing cap = $60,000
*Commercial properties can include industrial and institutional properties such as schools, hospitals, government, parks, etc.
Overview of the rebate process
Complete the following steps before taking action on your project ideas.
Note: Projects that have been started, or projects that have already been completed prior to application approval, are not eligible.
Create a user account. Go to the Online Application and create a user account. Customers who do not have the ability to submit an online application should call (408) 630-2554 for assistance.
Apply. Provide information about existing site conditions using the Online Application. Include photos, the estimated size of the project area (square footage), and/or existing equipment information. Customers will be contacted directly by Valley Water to schedule an onsite pre-inspection as needed after submitting existing site conditions.
Pre-inspection approval. After pre-inspection approval, customers will submit their proposed project details online, including a full plant list and a description of their project for the Landscape Conversion Rebate and/or the quantity and make/model of their proposed irrigation equipment upgrades as appropriate.
Application approved. Once the application is approved, customers will be issued an official Notice to Proceed and will have 90 days to complete their project. Do not begin removal of your lawn/pool or the purchase of materials for your project until you have received a written Notice to Proceed from Valley Water.
Project completion. Upon project completion, customers will request a final post-inspection and provide any documentation requested, such as photos or receipts. Rebate checks will be issued 4-6 weeks after the post-inspection date if approved.
Other landscape rebates, subsidies
Learn more about additional programs and rebates that can help you conserve water in your landscape.
Lawn Busters Program for Low Income, Seniors, or US Veterans
Instead of a rebate, Lawn Busters provides subsidized on-site assessments and landscape design, planting, and quality-assurance follow up. This program is available to qualifying homeowners who are 60 years or older, low-income, have disabilities, or United States veterans.
Lawn Busters is a partnership between Our City Forest and Valley Water to help property owners convert their lawns into drought-tolerant dreamscapes. For additional information, or to apply, email [email protected].
Outdoor irrigation surveys
To conserve water outside home or property, you must first understand the maintenance needs and upgrade opportunities within your landscaping and irrigation system.
Valley Water offers free irrigation surveys for both residential and commercial properties in Santa Clara County: