Commercial Irrigation Design Rebate
Our commercial irrigation design rebate can offset the cost of irrigation improvements while creating a knockout landscape for your property. Ditch the entire system and receive a larger rebate.
Commercial properties are as unique as the services they provide to the community. Call us at 210-704-SAVE and our team will get you started.
You can be part of the solution while achieving your commercial landscape goals without relying on irrigation.
How It Works
The commercial irrigation design rebate is available to SAWS irrigation customers ready to make permanent changes to their irrigation system that result in long-term water savings. If you make permanent changes to your irrigation system for a rebate, you MUST have submitted a Request for Assistance form and received information about how to proceed with your rebate.
Before You Start
SAWS rebates are based on the size and water use of your irrigation system. Irrigation changes are expected to be a permanent change to your property.
Join us each week on Thursday from 3-4 p.m. for our commercial rebate office hours. Conservation staff will be on hand to explain the rebate process, offer project advice and answer any questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much are the rebates?
Rebate amounts can vary depending on your unique property. To learn more, submit a Request for Assistance form. Submitting a Request for Assistance does not commit you to any programs or changes to your system, it simply notifies us that you would like more information.
Do I need to contact SAWS before starting work?
Yes. It is very important that you contact us before starting any work. You may need to schedule an on-site pre-inspection or follow specific steps to document your work.
What are the Annual Irrigation Checkup and Annual Backflow Testing requirements?
The site must be in compliance with Irrigation System Check-up and Backflow Testing requirements. Per City of San Antonio Ordinance, commercial properties five (5) acres or larger and properties that used over 1 million gallons of water for irrigation in the prior calendar year with in-ground irrigation systems submit an annual irrigation checkup to the SAWS Conservation department by May 1 each year. Properties not in compliance will not be allowed to schedule a consultation until compliance requirements are met. Annual testing of backflow prevention assemblies is required by Chapter 24 of the City of San Antonio’s Plumbing and Fuel Gas Code, Chapter 34 of the City of San Antonio Code of Ordinances, and the SAWS Cross-Connection and Backflow Prevention Control Program.
Does someone come out to my property before I start work?
Is there a final inspection?
Yes, depending on your property size and rebate amount, the final verification may include sending pictures or an in-person final inspection.
Can I get a rebate for work that was done prior to submitting a request for assistance form?
No. We are unable to provide rebates on work in progress or already completed.
Can I get a rebate for installing new systems?
No, all rebates are only available on currently existing irrigation zones/systems.
Can SAWS recommend an irrigator to complete my work?
SAWS cannot recommend any irrigation companies. The San Antonio Irrigation Association maintains a list of licensed irrigators on their website. SAWS does not in any way endorse or promote or guarantee the work of any irrigation company or parts manufacturer. Due diligence in hiring an irrigator is the sole responsibility of the SAWS customer. SAWS is not responsible for any damages caused by the irrigator.
How long does it take to receive a rebate?
After staff verifies that you have successfully completed your work, we will begin processing your rebate. You will receive an email when your rebate has been approved. You can expect your rebate to appear as a check in the mail, usually 6-8 weeks after approval.
Rebates over $600 will require an IRS W-9 tax form. You will receive a 1099 Form from SAWS for your taxes. Rebate checks will not be issued until your completed W-9 form is received by SAWS.
Is there a maximum rebate amount that I can receive?
No, but larger rebates may have additional approval requirements.
How long will this program be available?
Program funds are limited, and applications will be processed on a first come first served basis.
I have more questions. Is there someone I can talk to at SAWS?
The table below shows your options, the requirements and rebate amount ranges:
Permanent Removal of Irrigation System
|Removal of Irrigation System
(Active Systems: $$$$$)
(Non-Functional Systems: $$$)
|Removal of Irrigation Zone(s)
(Per Zone: $$)
|Conversion to Pressure-Regulated Heads(Per zone: $)
All heads in a zone must be changed to an approved, pressure-reducing spray or rotary option:
|Installation of New Master Valve(One per system: $$)
|Removal of Irrigation from Parking Lot Islands(Per zone: $$)
To view your rebate history, you will need online access to your SAWS service account. Note: Once you have logged in to My Account, look for the Rebates & Rewards button in the main navigation menu.
The Fine Print
- You must submit a request for assistance and get approval from SAWS Conservation BEFORE you begin any work. Work completed prior to the first consultation will not receive rebates.
- Rebate offer good for 12 months.
- The property must complete an Annual Irrigation Checkup and Annual Backflow Testing.
- Checks are issued to the name on the SAWS account and mailed first class via U.S. Postal Service to the address on the final inspection agreement. If a different name or mailing address for the check is preferred, provide this information during the final inspection.
- Rebates are in cash. Rebates over $600 will require an IRS W-9 tax form. SAWS will provide you one. You will receive a 1099 Form from SAWS for your taxes.
- Program availability may be subject to budget limitations.