Water Saving Rebate Programs

Water Saving Rebate Programs

Conservation Partnerships Promote WaterSmart Landscapes and Healthy Watersheds in S.D. County

In partnership with our wholesale water suppliers, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) and the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA), rebates for water-efficient devices are available to Valley Center Municipal Water District (VCMWD) customers. All rebates are administered by, and processed through, the SoCalWater$mart Program. 

Rebate amounts can fluctuate from time-to-time and are subject to funding availability. The amounts shown here are updated often but may not always reflect the current amount. We highly recommend that you confirm that your intended purchase (brand/model) is eligible for the rebate and verify the current funding amount before purchasing a water-efficient device by visiting the SoCal WaterSmart website and using their “Estimate My Rebate” tool.

If you have any questions about available rebates or the rebate process, please contact SoCal Water$mart at (888) 376-3314.
Visit the SoCalWater$mart 
website for more information on water saving rebates available for residents living in the VCMWD service area.


Premium High-Efficiency Toilet - $40

Toilets account for up to 30% of indoor water use. Receive a rebate up to $40 on qualifying 1.1 gallons per flush (GPF) or less models.  Go to  SoCal WaterSmart: High-Efficiency Toilet Rebates or (call 888-376-3314).

High-Efficiency Clothes Washer - $80

High-efficiency clothes washers use up to 55% less water and 25% less energy than conventional clothes washers. Get a rebate up to $85 on select models from SoCal WaterSmart: High-Efficiency Clothes Washer (call 888-376-3314).

Smart Leak Detector / Flow Monitor - $150

Attach a smart leak detector, a.k.a. flow monitor, on your water meter and receive alerts through your smartphone every time it identifies high water use or a potential leak. Get a $150 rebate on qualified devices from SoCal WaterSmart: Smart Leak Detector and Flow Monitoring Device Rebates or (call 888-376-3314).

Rotating Sprinkler Nozzles - $2

Rotating nozzles apply water more evenly and slowly than regular spray heads, reducing water runoff and misting. Rebate of $2 per nozzle (15 nozzle minimum) on select models from SoCal WaterSmart - Sprinkler Nozzles, (call 888-376-3314).

Weather-Based Irrigation Controller - $200

Weather-based, or smart, controllers adjust your watering time based on the weather. Rebate is up to $200 if your property is less than one acre, or $35 per station if it is more than one acre, on select models from Socal WaterSmart - Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers (call 888-376-3314). Please note, you can apply for a rebate on a controller or a soil moisture sensor system, but not both.

Residents in unincorporated areas of San Diego County may be eligible for an increased incentive of up to $60 per station if the property is more than one acre. Check the County of San Diego's Waterscape Rebate Program.

Soil Moisture Sensor System - $80

Soil moisture sensors tell your irrigation controller how long to water. Rebates of up to $80 are available for properties under one acre, or $35 per station for properties over an acre, on select models from SoCal WaterSmart - Sprinkler Nozzles (call 888-376-3314). Please note, you can apply for a rebate on a weather-based irrigation controller or a soil moisture sensor system, but not both.

Turf Replacement - $2/sq.ft.

The Metropolitan Water District's Turf Replacement Program offers a rebate of $2 per square foot (up to 5,000 square feet) to VCMWD customers replacing grass with sustainable landscaping. Do not remove your grass before you apply and are officially enrolled in the program. Synthetic/artificial turf is NOT eligible for the program. Visit SoCal WaterSmart's Turf Replacement Program page to learn about eligibility requirements and apply.

Residents in unincorporated areas of San Diego County may be eligible for an increased incentive of up to $4 per square foot through the County of San Diego's Waterscape Rebate Program.

Rain Barrels - $35

Collect rainwater and use it for lawns and gardens. Rebates up to $35 per barrel (50 gallon minimum, up to 2 barrels) are available from SoCal WaterSmart: Rain Barrels Rebates, call 888-376-3314. Please note, that you can apply for a rebate on rain barrels or cisterns, but not both.

Residents in unincorporated areas of San Diego County may be eligible for an increased incentive of up to $65 per barrel (up to 2 barrels) through the County of San Diego's Waterscape Rebate Program.

Rain Cisterns - $250 - $350

Collect a lot of water and use it for lawns and gardens. Rebate of up to $250 for 200 to 500 gallon cisterns, $300 for 501 to 999 gallons or $350 for 1,000 or more gallons from SoCal WaterSmart: Rain Cisterns Rebates, call 888-376-3314. Please note, that rebates are limited to one cistern per property, and you can apply for a rebate on a cistern or rain barrel, but not both.

Residents in unincorporated areas of San Diego County may be eligible for an increased incentive of up to $450 for 200-1,500 gallons through the County of San Diego's Waterscape Rebate Program.


Online-Only Rebate Application

Customers must apply for a rebate online via Rebate Application Portal.  After confirmation, documentation must be postmarked within 60 days.  A copy of the rebate confirmation page, original sales receipt and a copy of your water bill are required.  

PLEASE NOTE: Rebates are issued on a first-come, first-served basis while funds last.


FREE Residential Water Use Survey:

A WaterSmart Checkup is your opportunity to receive site-specific water saving recommendations. Residents will benefit from the professional perspective of certified irrigation specialists.  And you decide if and when to put the suggestions to work.

Learn more here or Schedule your free survey here.


Conservation Resources





Our Partners in Conservation:

SDCWA

 

San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA)

For 75 years, the SDCWA has been delivering safe, reliable water supplies to San Diego County. They sustain a $253 billion regional economy, helping maintain quality of life for 3.3 million residents through water supply diversification, major infrastructure investments and forward-thinking policies that promote fiscal and environmental responsibility. The Water Authority is our local partner for administering rebates through SoCal Water$mart. 


SoCal Water$mart

SoCal Water$mart

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) operates and provides funding for theSoCal Water$mart program. These  rebates are designed to help you save water and money, all while beautifying your landscape. Some of our Program’s rebates are offered through the SoCal Water$mart website. MWD is a regional wholesaler that provides water for nearly 19 million people living in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties. Along with importing water from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local supplies, they also help their members develop water conservation, recycling and other resource-management programs.


Mission Resource Conservation District

 



Mission Resource Conservation District (MRCD)

The MRCD is a non-profit organization that promotes conservation of soil, water and other natural resources in the San Luis Rey and Santa Margarita watersheds to ensure a healthy ecosystem, providing economic benefits and strengthening quality of life for the general public. Our Agricultural Irrigation Efficiency Program rebate is offered through the MRCD website.


Solana Center for Environmental Innovation

 

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation

The Solana Center is a San Diego-based non-profit that focuses on reducing waste, conserving water, and composting. They provide innovative outreach programs and consulting services to help address the region’s most pressing environmental issues and enact impactful change. Solana Center offers rain harvesting resources as well as rain barrel sales to residents.



County of San Diego Waterscape Rebate Program

The Waterscape Rebate Program focuses on the installation of landscaping and water-wise features, which help you save water, save money, and beautify your home and garden. Rebates are available for residents, businesses and agricultural producers living in the unincorporated areas of San Diego County. The Program is funded by the County of San Diego Watershed Protection Program, who works to prevent pollutants from entering our waterways.