Irrigation equipment rebate

Irrigation Equipment Main Banner.png Efficient irrigation saves water while also keeping your plants healthy. 

Fixing common irrigation problems with these upgrades can save you time and money.

How much is our rebate?

  • Rebate amounts vary, see below for specific equipment
  • Rebates are limited up to the purchase cost on the original receipt or contractor's invoice (taxes and labor not included)
  • Up to $2,000 (single-family and small multi-family homes) and $15,000 (commercial and large multi-family properties)

General eligibility requirements

  • An existing and maintained irrigation system in place served by EBMUD potable water service
  • Each type of equipment has specific model/type and installation requirements (detailed below)
  • Eligibility requirements differ depending on the rebate amount:
  • Rebates $100 or less Rebates greater than $100
    You may install equipment before submitting an application You may not install equipment prior to submitting an application
     Equipment purchase date on receipt/invoice must be within 90 days of application Equipment purchase date on receipt/invoice must be within the project schedule
    A photo of old equipment is typically sufficient for approval A pre-inspection may be required
    A photo of newly installed equipment and settings is typically sufficient for approval A post inspection may be required

How to apply

  • Step 1. Review the eligibility requirements prior to purchasing equipment.
  • Step 3. Wait for EBMUD to contact you regarding approval. Prior to approval, EBMUD may require a pre-inspection before you start your project if the rebate amount will be greater than $100.

After your application is approved

  • Step 1. EBMUD will send you an approval email outlining what further information is required to receive the rebate within your six month deadline. Generally, you will be asked to provide the following:
    • Proof of purchase - receipts/invoices of equipment purchased and installed
    • Proof of old equipment - photos or pre-inspection
    • Proof of newly installed equipment - photos or post-inspection
  • Step 2. After you complete your project, submit requested receipts/invoices, and photos before your six month deadline expires. A post-inspection may also be required. Irrigation equipment upgrade projects that are not completed within the six month deadline will be denied.
  • Step 3. After you have submitted requested information you will receive the finalized rebate as a credit on the water bill. For residential customers, rebates $600 or more in a single tax year require submittal of a W-9 form prior to payment.

 Rebate details by type

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Convert your spray irrigation to drip irrigation and receive up to $0.25 per square foot of drip installed.


  • Prevent water loss from wind, misting and runoff
  • Apply water more efficiently in small, narrow or steep areas
  • Deliver water directly and deeply into clay soils reaching the entire root zones


Qualifying Installations

Non-qualifying Installations

Replace an entire existing overhead irrigation zone

Converted zone that includes more than one type of drip or overhead irrigation

Install per manufacturer’s directions and include pressure regulator and filter

Micro-spray and bubblers installed on drip line

Match emitter flow rate to soil type (for example: 0.4 gph for clay soils)

Mismatched emitter rates (for example: 2 gph on clay soil is too fast)

Converting spray to drip in shrub or tree areas

Converting spray to drip in lawn conversion project (this is already included in the lawn conversion rebate)

Install on surface and covered with mulch

Not recommended to install drip buried beneath the soil, unless specified by manufacturer


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  • Replace conventional spray nozzles with high-efficiency rotating nozzles for up to $2 each
  • Replace standard sprinklers with a pressure regulating sprinkler head for up to $3 each


  • Larger water droplets prevent water loss from evaporation, over-spray and wind
  • Apply less water at slower rates, allowing more time for water to soak into the soil and prevent runoff
  • Improve distribution and uniformity of water (to prevent patchy or brown spots in lawn)

Qualifying Installations

Non-qualifying Installations 

Replace an entire irrigation zone of conventional sprinklers

 Any converted irrigation zone with mixed sprinkler types in the same zone
On EBMUD’s qualifying list of high-efficiency nozzles Standard sprinkler nozzles not listed on EBMUD's list of high-efficiency nozzles
 Installed per manufacturer’s directions and adjusted to minimize over-spray and even coverage  Retrofits that result in over-spray or do not achieve head to head coverage

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Replace an existing conventional controller with a self-adjusting controller and receive a rebate up to $75. For controllers with more than 12 active stations, receive up to $7 for each additional station.


  • Automatically adjust and create a watering schedule based on local weather and site conditions
  • Automatically shut off irrigation prior to or during rain events
  • With wifi connected models, remotely access and change your irrigation schedule when you are away

Qualifying Installations

Non-qualifying Installations

 Listed as a WaterSense labeled controller  Not listed as WaterSense labeled controller
 Replacing an existing conventional controller (photo required)   Installing a new controller, or replacing a smart controller
 Serve at least two active irrigation zones  Serve one or no active irrigation zones
 Installed and programmed per manufacturer’s directions  Improperly configured controllers that are unplugged or do not receive daily weather data
 Plants with different watering needs are on separate irrigation zones  Plants with different watering needs on the same irrigation zone (e.g. lawn and trees on same zone)
Soil moisture sensors (submit model to EBMUD prior to purchasing)  

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Install a pressure regulator for your entire irrigation system. Rebate amounts are based off the irrigation line size, the typical residential rebate is $75. Commercial rebates vary between $100 and $125.


  • Reduce wear and tear on irrigation pipes
  • Prevent leaks and sprinkler blowouts 

Qualifying Installations

Non-qualifying Installations

Installed upstream of entire irrigation system or main line Installed downstream of entire irrigation system (on an individual valve)
Brass or bronze pressure regulator Plastic drip regulators (found in drip irrigation conversion kits)
Adjusted not to exceed optimal irrigation system requirements Improperly installed or adjusted pressure regulators

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 Install a submeter on your irrigation system and receive half the cost of the submeter up to $200. 


  • Wireless enabled models alert you of leaks and other high water usage
  • Specific models can shut off your irrigation automatically when a leak is detected
  • Improve irrigation management to determine how much water is being used each station

Qualifying Installations

Non-qualifying Installations

Measure all irrigation water supplied by a mixed-use EBMUD water meter Measure any non-irrigation water supplied by a mixed-use EBMUD water meter
Includes a leak detection feature or flow sensor Does not include a leak detection feature or flow sensor