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You could be eligible for up to $3,000–just for turning off the water

An extreme drought has led to companies in California to offer rebates to residents who reduce water use.

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In Sacramento, the city is offering up to $3,000 for people who cut back their use.


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Are there different types of rebates?

The city of Sacramento, California has declared a “water alert.” The city is requesting that residents reduce their water use by 20%. To further encourage conservation, they are offering a few types of rebates through the River Friendly Landscape program.

The available rebates include:

Grass conversions – up to $3,000: replace existing grass with drought-tolerant landscaping

Irrigation upgrades – up to $800: upgrade irrigation systems, such as drip irrigation and replace standard fixed-spray sprinklers with rotary sprinkler nozzles

Smart controller – up to $400: EPA water sense Labeled Smart Irrigation Controller

Rain barrel(s) – $150 per barrel: install rain barrel(s) to store water for use during dry periods

Laundry-to-Landscape – up to $100: install a “graywater” system that diverts gently used water from your washing machine and routes it to landscapes

Who is eligible?

The rebates are only available to City of Sacramento water customers. However, there are some other things to keep in mind:

  • applicants must be property owners or bill-paying tenants with written consent from the property owner
  • rebates and applications are not retroactive
  • certain rebates require a pre-qualification visit and approval from Water Conservation staff before installation
  • all eligible work must be completed within the timeline specified in the rebate terms and conditions
  • after installation, Water Conservation staff will visit the site and verify as part of post-inspection

Once you have received approval, receipt of checks can take as long as 90 days from the day of approval


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