Reduce your Water Bill with Rebates and Programs

Get ready to save money on your water bill and feel good about making your home as water efficient as it can be. During this time of drought, every drop counts!  

Did you know that the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) and its member agencies offer a variety of water saving resources and rebates that you can benefit from? You’ll cut your water bill substantially while preserving our most precious resource during this historic drought. Here’s how:

Consider turf replacement:

You can reduce water use up to 60% by removing turf and converting your yard to a drought-tolerant landscape. You’ll also increase curb appeal while promoting water savings! Rebates can be as much as $5 per square foot depending on your local water supplier.

Removing turf grass is one of the most water-conscious adjustments a homeowner can make to reduce their water usage and associated costs. Converting irrigation systems to drip, hand-watering or installing water efficient micro-spray systems or rotating nozzles ensures that landscape watering is as efficient as possible. Plus, the addition of a new, sustainable watering system works to reduce or prevent wasteful runoff through the use of a rainwater capture or filtration system.

Check out the SoCal Water $mart Turf Replacement Program to see if you are eligible to participate in the program or call SoCal Water$mart at 888-376-3314.

Be flush and wash savvy:

Together, toilets and clothes washers account for approximately 45% of the water used inside your home. Replacement of your inefficient clothes washer and/or toilets will likely contribute to substantial water savings.

High-efficiency washers: You can cash in on rebates of up to $350 depending on your local water supplier – check their website for details.

High-efficiency washers use 55% less water than standard washers. They are also more energy-efficient, which may contribute to a reduction in both your water and energy bills. Going shopping to save? Here’s SoCal Water$mart’s list of qualifying high-efficiency clothes washers to consider.

High-efficiency toilets: The largest amount of water used inside your home – about 30% – is used to flush your toilets. But how much water your toilet actually needs to flush properly is less than you think! Water savings from high-efficiency toilets can save over $800 on your water bill over the lifetime of the product. Combine these savings with SoCal Water$mart rebates and premium high-efficiency toilet upgrades can virtually pay for themselves. Rebates can be as high as $250, depending on your local water supplier. Looking into thrones with next-level efficiency? Check out SoCal Water$mart’s list of qualifying toilets.

Make sure your water isn’t going to waste:

Up to 70% of California’s residential water supply is applied to home landscapes, yet many landscapes are overwatered due to sprinkler controllers that are not programmed properly.

Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) offers free landscape evaluation services to help you participate in the Landscapes for Living program. Learn about eligibility requirements for direct installation services of water-efficient equipment by applying here. (Please note that due to high demand, this program is currently on pause and will resume in July.)

Rebates and programs vary depending on your local water service’s offerings. Here are a few resources to dive into:

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