GardenStyleSA-friendly landscapes come in all shapes and sizes for every taste and budget. They can be neat and subdued, dominated by orderly evergreen shrubs lined up in a row, or wild and woolly with colors exploding from various corners of the yard. They may have a knockout patio, an herb garden, a focus on butterflies, or colorful pots and wacky yard art throughout. But the one thing they do have in common is the ability to live primarily on rainfall and maybe an extra shot of water on occasion.
SAWS has assembled all the programs and information you need to have the landscape you want without the high water bill. Between our personalized Irrigation Consultation, Garden Tips found on GardenStyleSA.com, landscape and patio coupons and numerous workshops and events throughout the year with our partners, we can help you achieve your landscape goals without relying on an irrigation system.
That’s why SAWS wants to pay you cash to kick the irrigation habit! The first thing you’ll need is a free irrigation consultation with one of our friendly and knowledgeable conservation consultants. Whether you’re ready to get rid of your system completely or make targeted changes like capping a spray zone you no longer need, schedule your Irrigation Consultation today to find out what rebates are available to you.
Maximize the Rebate!
The rebate is available to San Antonio Water System (SAWS) water customers ready to make permanent structural changes to their irrigation systems that result in long-term water savings. Ditch the entire system and receive more of a rebate. Here’s why SAWS is doing this:
In San Antonio, customers with irrigation systems use 70 percent more water on average in the summer and 50 percent more on an annual basis than those customers without irrigation systems. Most of this irrigation is unnecessary for the plants and results in higher water bills for customers and increased infrastructure costs for SAWS to meet higher peak water demands.
Let’s Get Started…
You can kick the irrigation habit completely by permanently disabling your irrigation system or take the first step by making targeted changes to your irrigation system that result in incremental water savings. Now, you may not think you have a GardenStyleSA-friendly landscape yet, but chances are you do. Even if you don’t or aren’t sure, we have a plethora of resources available to you to turn your landscape from a ho-hum waterhog to a humdinger of a showstopper, and all with lower water bills.
Step 1: Schedule a Residential Irrigation Consultation
All Irrigation rebates begin and end with an Irrigation Consultation. *** Rebates will not be issued for any irrigation work completed prior to having the initial irrigation consult. If you haven’t scheduled your initial consultation and you want to explore the irrigation rebate, do so now by calling (210)704-7283 (SAVE) or email email@example.com. It is recommended you call or email at least 2-3 weeks in advance of any planned work for an appointment. Appointments are available from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Appointments last about one hour and our landscape experts will run through your irrigation system, review your landscape and conservation goals, make recommendations specific to your home and leave you with written recommendations you can use when hiring an irrigator or doing the work yourself. They will also answer any questions you have about the irrigation rebate and how much money you may be qualified to receive, future garden projects and any coupons and rebates for which you may qualify. While there, our consultants will program your irrigation system to the settings that will best benefit your landscape and your wallet, too. Irrigation rebate offers are good for 12 months from the date of the first consultation.
Step 2: Complete the Irrigation Rebate Checklist
The checklist must be completed in order to receive a rebate. If you have had your initial consultation and are ready to make irrigation system changes, complete the GardenStyleSA Irrigation Rebate Checklist to better understand what the consultant will be looking for in the final inspection.
Step 3: Complete Changes to your Irrigation System
Remember, you MUST have a SAWS Irrigation Consultation BEFORE any irrigation work for a rebate can begin. Have a licensed irrigator complete the work or you may complete it yourself. If you complete the work yourself, you must follow all city and state laws governing irrigation installation and design.
Step 4: Schedule and Pass your Final Irrigation Rebate Inspection
When you call or email to make your Final Irrigation Inspection appointment, make it clear that is why you are calling contacting us. The final irrigation inspection will be very similar to your initial Irrigation Consultation. It will take about an hour, and one of our SAWS Conservation consultants will run through your system to document and verify the changes you have made to the system that are eligible for a rebate. The consultant will have you sign off on the Final Inspection Agreement and commitments during the appointment. Once the final inspection is complete, SAWS will calculate the final rebate amount and contact you by email within five business days.
*** NOTE: Beginning in 2016, SAWS will send you an IRS W-9 Form in your approval email to complete and return if your expected rebate is at least $600. Due to Federal IRS regulations, SAWS is required to send a 1099 Form in the following year for your tax return. Rebate checks will not be released to the recipient until the completed W-9 form is returned to SAWS.
Step 5: Rebate Check Issued
Successful rebate recipients will be issued a check within eight weeks of their email notification of rebate approval. Checks will be made out to the name on the SAWS account. If a different name is to be used, additional paperwork will need to be completed. The check will be mailed first class via the U.S. Postal Service to the mailing address on the Final Inspection Agreement. NOTE: If you are required to submit a W-9 tax form for a rebate totaling at least $600, your rebate check could be delayed until the completed form is returned to SAWS.
SAWS rebates are based on the amount of water saved after an action or activity is completed. Because landscape water drives peak demand for the entire utility, the amount of the Irrigation Rebate takes into account the size of the irrigation system and the gallons of water the system uses when it is running. System size (number of zones) and use (average gallons per minute) is measured during the initial consultation for the program. This determines the amount of rebate for which your specific irrigation system is eligible. Landscape and irrigation changes are expected to be a permanent change to your property. This is why an Irrigation Consultation is required before any work starts and a Final Irrigation Inspection confirming changes is required. The table below shows your rebate options and amount ranges as well as what is required within each option based on your individual irrigation system:
Permanent Retirement of Irrigation System
|Removal of Irrigation System
(Active Systems: $750-$5,000)
(Non-functional Systems: $450)
Total rebate for targeted changes not to exceed 75% of rebate for permanently disabling the system.
|Removal of Irrigation Zone
($200-$750 per zone)
|Spray Zone to Point Source Drip
($100-$375 per zone)
|Conversion to Pressure-Regulated Heads
($50-$175 per zone)