Lawn conversion & irrigation upgrade rebates

Save water, lower your bill, and earn rebates for lawn conversion and irrigation equipment upgrades. 

Stay tuned for exciting changes to our 2018 brochure and application. Please continue to use the 2017 application below.

How much are the rebates?

Rebate amounts vary depending on square footage converted and type of equipment installed.

Up to $2,000*
for Residential and Multi-Family properties (with 4 units or less)
Up to $15,000
for Commercial and Multi-Family properties (5 units or more)

Terms and conditions apply to this offer. Please carefully review details in the brochure and application. 

Do NOT start your project before you receive written authorization from EBMUD.

All rebates that, individually or in combination, total $600 or more in a tax year require submittal of a W-9 form to the District prior to payment. All personal information provided within the W-9 are kept confidential in accordance with the Privacy Act. If your total rebate amount is $600 or more, you will receive a 1099 form to comply with Internal Revenue Service requirements. The determination of whether your rebate is taxable or not may depend on several variables. You are recommended to contact your tax professional.

Download the W-9 tax form at:

We offer six rebates. 

  1. Convert high water use lawns to sustainable landscaping.

  2. Convert areas using sprinklers to in-line drip irrigation.

  3. Replace conventional sprinkler nozzles with high-efficiency rotating models.

  4. Replace conventional irrigation timers with self-adjusting models.

  5. Install pressure regulators to improve system-wide performance.

  6. Install sub-meters to improve leak detection and irrigation efficiency.

Converted and upgraded properties must have an actively irrigated and maintained landscape (during non-drought years), served by an active EBMUD water service account using potable outdoor irrigation water.

  • Lawn and drip conversions already completed.
  • Replacing lawn with high water-use and invasive plants.
  • Replacing lawn with artificial turf or plastic weed barrier
  • Replacing lawn with sod or "no-mow" grass.

Step 1:  Choose from our menu of six upgrades.

Step 2:  Submit your application. Carefully review details in the program brochure and application form. Send to or by mail.

Step 3:  Wait for EBMUD's written approval BEFORE beginning work.

Step 4:  Complete your project! You have 6 months from the written approval date to complete your project and schedule a post-inspection.

Step 5:  Contact us to schedule a post-installation inspection.

Application and Program Brochures

Do NOT start your project before you receive written authorization from EBMUD. Projects that are completed before EBMUD approval DO NOT QUALIFY. Rebates are not retroactive.

Increase your rebate!

EBMUD households may qualify for an additional rebate through the State of California's turf replacement program. Visit our FAQ to learn about how the state program works with EBMUD's program, and visit the state rebate program to apply.

Get started: choose your plants

Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates. Our award-winning book with over 650 photos; a great resource for making your plant choices.

View and Search. View all of the plants from our plant book with this searchable site managed by the book's photographer, Saxon Holt.

Plant Database. Find low and very low water-using plants using this tool created by the California Department of Water Resources.

Low Water-Use Plant List. This short-list of plants is a good place to start when planning your garden. It includes popular and hardy plants, many of which are California natives.

Non-Qualifying Plant List. Some plants do not qualify. Be sure to check this list before finalizing your plant list. 

Invasive Plants. Some plants, while low-water use, dominate the landscape, compete with natives, and should not be propagated. Visit to find commonly available plants to avoid, and suggested alternatives. 

More than just mulch

Why mulch matters. Not only is mulch the secret weapon for a healthy, water-wise garden, but it is also the key ingredient to an successful lawn conversion rebate!  Don't forget, a three-inch mulch cover is required in planting areas. 

Convert your lawn with mulch. Sheet-mulching is a simple process of layering cardboard and mulch right on top of the grass with tons of benefits.  Visit Lawn to Garden for a comprehensive guide that will get your lawn conversion project on the right path!

Choose your equipment

In-Line Drip. Drip irrigation delivers water slowly to a plant, allowing the soil to absorb water rather than runoff to the sidewalk. With in-line drip, emitters are pre-installed in plastic tubing to help distribute water evenly. Learn more here.

Note: EBMUD has sample design layouts to help with your in-line drip irrigation design. Be sure to review out the downloadable documents under Qualifying equipment. 

High-Efficiency Nozzles. High-efficiency rotating and precision nozzles use less water on your lawn than conventional spray nozzles and can greatly improve irrigation system pressure and coverage.Save 

Self-Adjusting ControllersA smart controller turns your irrigation system on and off in response to local weather data or soil data, and adjusts your irrigation system daily - even while you're on vacation.

Qualifying equipment

Verify that the drip or sprinkler equipment you wish to install is included in a qualifying list.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the rebate program or about the related resources on our website, please feel free to contact EBMUD Water Conservation directly.

Phone: 1-866-403-2683