Customer engagement is essential for efficient water use and the District is committed to providing customers with effective tools to help reduce water use. As identified in the 2022 5-Year Strategic Plan, MWD has developed a comprehensive Water Use Efficiency Plan to support pro-active partnering with the community. This new rebate program stems from that Plan, and is intended to reward conservation actions.
Conservation is an important source of water, and the only one that is people dependent. We’re hopeful this rebate program will drive customers to conserve. Keeping water use aligned with limited water supply availability and State regulations, while continuing to support the garden-like nature of the community, is not something that MWD can do alone – we’re in this together!
MWD’s partner agency CalWEP is administering the program, and most important details can be found on their web site. Here are a few key points: Rebates are cash reimbursements based on proof of qualified purchases; the program is not retroactive from the start date; rebate amount is not to exceed the total cost of the device (i.e. toilet, appliance, drip, timer, etc.); some of the rebates (i.e. landscape conversions) are subject to an inspection; rebates are subject to available funding for the program.
See below for rebate program summary, goals and rebate amounts.
Table Legend: SFR Single Family Residential, MFR Multi Family Residential, COM Commercial, INST Institutional
Convert spray irrigation systems to drip irrigation. Eligible drip equipment list available on CalWEP website. Limit: 1 rebate per property.
Use weather-based irrigation controllers. These controllers have on-site weather sensors or rely on a signal from a central weather station that modify irrigation times weekly or more. Eligible models list available on CalWEP website.
Limit: 1 per property.
Replace existing turf grass (lawn) with low or no-water using landscapes such as native and / or drought tolerant plantings, artificial turf, and permeable hardscapes (eg. gravel). $1 per square foot (SF). District will perform a site visit to verify turf removal areas. Limit: 1 rebate per property.
Incentivize installation of high efficiency residential appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines. Efficiency criteria: energystar certified appliances only. Limit: 1 rebate per property.
Promote installation of high efficiency toilets or urinals. Rebate applies to toilets flushing 1.28 gpf or less and urinals flushing 0.5 gpf or less. Urinals for COM/INST only. Eligible models list available on CalWEP website. Limit: 2 rebates per property.