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Irrigation Efficiency Rebates

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No lawn but still looking to improve landscape water efficiency? Not quite ready to remove your lawn? Sprinkler controller from the 1980s? You may be eligible for one or more rebates for the irrigation conversions below. Itemized receipts are required as part of the online submission for these efficiency incentives.

  • Sprinkler to Drip Irrigation Retrofit: 50% materials cost, max $100.
    Convert your sprinkler system to efficient drip irrigation. Eligible materials include: pressure regulator filter assembly, drip tubing, ¼” tubing, emitters, connectors, figure 8s, goof plugs, and staples. Does not include valves, labor, or tax. Cannot be used in combination with the Sustainable Lawn Replacement rebate. View our handy
    sprinkler to drip irrigation retrofit guide.

  • Spray Sprinklers to Low-precipitation Sprinklers Retrofit: $2.00/nozzle, max $50.
    Upgrade your nozzles to reduce misting, runoff, and allow the water to soak into the ground more easily. Eligible materials include: Rotating or low-precipitation nozzles at 1 gallon per minute (gpm) flow or less. Does not include labor or tax. View our handy sprinkler to rotary nozzle guide. 
  • Smart Irrigation Controller: 50% materials cost, max $100.
    Smart irrigation controllers can be programmed to give your plants the right amount of water for the type of plant, soil, time of year, and weather - often with your smartphone. Eligible materials include: smart controller or weather sensor add-on for existing controller. Does not include labor or tax. View the EPA WaterSense list of labeled controllers
  • Laundry to Landscape Graywater System: 50% materials cost, max $100.
    Redirect your clothes washer water to mulch basins to water your trees. Eligible materials include: 3 way diverter valve, air vent, drip or Eco-loc tubing (purple stripe), 1/2" full port ball valves, and other fittings. Does not include labor or tax. View our
    graywater page for design requirements and permitting info.

Terms and Conditions

  1. The Applicant applying for the rebate must be the City of Santa Barbara (City) water account holder or the authorized agent of the account holder and have authority to make changes to the property.
  2. Invoices/receipts must be uploaded for materials for each of the completed projects.
  3. Rebate application must be submitted within 60 days of the invoices/receipts of the irrigation components.
  4. Funding is granted on a first-come, first-served basis, while funds last. Rebate amounts are subject to change without prior notice.
  5. Recycled water customers are not eligible. 
  6. The City is not responsible for any tax liability which may be imposed as a result of payment of any rebates. The City is not providing tax advice, and any communication by the City is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of avoiding penalties under the Internal Revenue Code.
  7. The Applicant is entirely responsible for the design, installation, and maintenance of the landscaping and for all alterations of surface drainage resulting from the project. The City has no responsibility for any loss or injury to persons or property resulting from Applicant’s participation in the rebate program.
  8. The Applicant authorizes the City, or anyone authorized by the City, to use and reproduce in any format including, but not limited to, print or electronic, any visual representation, photograph or video footage taken of the subject property, or the landscaping for any purpose, without compensation or limitation. The rights to any and all video and images, together with the prints, are owned by the City of Santa Barbara.
  9. Failure to comply with these Terms and Conditions is automatic grounds for disqualification from the program.