You Earn up to $5,000

Rebate offer expires one year from initial consultation

Residential Irrigation Design Rebate

Make changes to your irrigation system, get a cash rebate, and get the garden or landscape you want without the high water bills. Ditch the entire system and you’ll receive a larger rebate.

Why the rebate? In San Antonio, customers with irrigation systems use 70 percent more water on average in the summer and 50 percent more annually than customers without irrigation systems.

How It Works

 The residential irrigation design rebate is available to SAWS residential water customers that make permanent changes to their irrigation systems resulting in long-term water savings.

  • STEP 1: Schedule a Residential Irrigation Consultation FIRST!

    Call 210-704-7283 or click on “Schedule Consultation” button. Appointments last an hour. We will run your irrigation system, make recommendations and provide a preliminary rebate offer for irrigation changes tailored to your landscape. Rebate offers are good for 12 months from the date of the first consultation.

  • STEP 2: Complete Changes to your Irrigation System

    Remember, you MUST have a consultation BEFORE any work can begin. Have a licensed irrigator complete the work or complete it yourself, following all city and state laws governing irrigation installation. If work is finished and a final inspection is scheduled within 90 days of the first consultation, SAWS will add a 10% BONUS to your rebate!

  • STEP 3: Pass your Final Irrigation Rebate Inspection

    After work is complete, schedule your final inspection to verify your work. Sign the final agreement at the inspection. In five (5) business days, we will email your approved final rebate notification. Rebates $600 or more require an IRS W-9 Form. SAWS will provide you one. 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.

  • STEP 4: Rebate Check Issued

    Once you have received your final rebate approval notice via email, you will receive your check within eight (8) weeks. Checks will be made out to the name on the SAWS account and mailed first class via U.S. Postal Service to the mailing address on the final inspection agreement. If a different name or mailing address for the check is preferred, you need to provide this information during the final inspection.

Rebate Calculations

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The rebate is based on the number of zones your system has and the gallons per minute your irrigation system uses at the initial consultation.

Irrigation changes are expected to be a permanent change to your property.

The table below shows your options, the requirements and rebate amount ranges:

Permanent Removal of Irrigation System

CHANGE REQUIREMENTS
Removal of Irrigation System
(Active Systems: $$$$$)
(Non-Functional Systems: $$$)
  • Irrigation controller removed
  • Backflow and backflow box removed
  • Visible zone valves and boxes for zone valves removed
  • All visible sprinkler heads removed
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Targeted Changes

CHANGE REQUIREMENTS
Removal of Irrigation Zone
(Per Zone: $$$)
  • Zone valve and valve box removed
  • Visible sprinkler heads removed
Spray Zone to Drip Irrigation
(Per Zone: $$)
  • Landscape beds only (not applicable to installation of WaterSaver Landscape Coupon(s)); no subsurface grass installs accepted
  • Drip may be point-source or in-line
  • Drip emitters must not apply more than 0.6 gallons per hour and a minimum of 18″x18″ spacing
  • Drip emitters may not be present in areas without plants
  • Indicator head that is clearly visible with a highly visible color on stem and nozzle
  • Layout must remain uncovered to allow inspection by SAWS staff
Conversion to Pressure-Regulated Heads
(Per Zone: $)
  • All heads in a zone must be changed to an approved, pressure-reducing option
  • Grass areas only
Installation of New Master Valve
(One per system: $$)
  • Approved for existing systems without a master valve
  • NOT approved to replace or affect repair of an existing master valve
  • Must be wired as if newly installed, no actuators, or other technology unless pre-approved by SAWS Conservation PRIOR to install
  • Initial consult required prior to install
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The Fine Print

You must have an Irrigation Consultation BEFORE you begin any work.  Work completed prior to the first consult will not receive rebates.

Rebate offer good for 12 months from the date of the initial consult.

Rebates are in cash. Rebates over $600 will require an IRS W-9 tax form.

Work completed within 90 days from the initial consultation offer receives a 10% bonus.

Maximum targeted changes rebate equals the amount offered for permanent system removal, plus bonuses (if any).

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