Landscape rebate program

EBMUD's Landscape Rebate Program supports the creation and maintenance of beautiful, water-wise gardens that thrive on less water during California’s dry summers and even in times drought.

How to get started

Step 1. Choose your rebate: Lawn conversion rebate and/or Irrigation equipment rebate

Step 2. Email or mail Water Conservation a completed rebate application 

Step 3. Wait for EBMUD's site visit or written approval before beginning work

Step 4. Visit our Lawn to Garden Design Center for tools to get started on your project! 


Lawn Conversion Rebate

Who can apply?

  • To be eligible for the lawn conversion rebate, you must have an existing and maintained lawn in place at the time of the required EBMUD pre-inspection. Rebates are not retroactive. 

How much is the rebate?

  • The rebate is $0.50 per square foot of lawn removed.
  • During any 24-month period, rebate amounts may not exceed $2,000 for residential and multi-family properties (with 4 units or less), and $20,000 for commercial and large residential properties.

Increase your rebate! 

  • Add $.25 per square foot when you convert the lawn area sprinklers to qualifying in-line drip irrigation (p.6 of the application).  
  • Add $1.50 per square foot when you qualify for California's separate lawn conversion program. (Visit our FAQ if you have questions about how the state rebate works with our EBMUD rebate). 


Efficient Irrigation Equipment Rebate

Click here for a printer-friendly summary of the available rebates.

  • In-Line Drip Conversion - Convert sprinklers to in-line drip irrigation. 
  • High-Efficiency Nozzles - Replace conventional sprinkler nozzles with high-efficiency rotating models. 
  • Self-Adjusting Controllers - Replace conventional irrigation timers with smart models. 
  • Irrigation Pressure Regulator - Install a system-wide brass/bronze pressure regulator.
  • Irrigation Submeter - Install a submeter to improve leak detection and manage your water use.

Who can apply? 

  • To be eligible for the rebate, you must have an existing and maintained irrigated system in place at the time of the EBMUD pre-inspection. Eligibility varies based on the equipment type.
  • If you have recently purchased and already installed qualifying equipment, you are eligible for a maximum rebate of $100 IF the purchase receipt is also within 90 days of the application date.

How much is the rebate?

  • Rebate amounts vary, for detailed rates refer to page 6 of the application. Rebates are limited up to the purchase cost on the original receipt.
  • During any 24-month period, rebate amounts may not exceed $2,000 for residential and multi-family properties (with 4 units or less), and $12,500 for commercial and large residential properties.

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: https://www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs

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 waterconservation@ebmud.com 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.

Program Application

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

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Contact Us

E-mail: waterconservation@ebmud.com
Phone: 1-866-403-2683