You earn up to $5,000

Rebate offer expires one year from initial consultation

Commercial Irrigation Design Rebate

Our commercial irrigation design rebate can offset the cost of irrigation improvements while creating a knockout landscape for your property. Ditch the entire system and receive a larger rebate.

Why the rebate? In San Antonio, irrigation drives peak summer use which impacts infrastructure needs and may require additional water sources in the future. Commercial irrigation systems contribute significantly to peak summer use.

You can be part of the solution while achieving your commercial landscape goals without relying on irrigation.

How It Works

The Commercial Irrigation Design Rebate program is currently on hold. Customers with existing rebate offers can complete their projects and email for the information needed to complete the Final Irrigation Rebate Inspection and Agreement process.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the SAWS Annual Irrigation Checkup deadline has been extended to June 1, 2021 and is subject to change, if needed. For all inquiries, please contact SAWS Conservation at 210-233-3443 or email

The commercial irrigation design rebate is available to SAWS irrigation customers ready to make permanent changes to their irrigation system that result in long-term water savings.

  • STEP 1: Complete an Annual Irrigation Checkup (If required)

    Per City of San Antonio Ordinance, residential and commercial properties five (5) acres or larger and properties defined as Large Use (properties that used over 1 million gallons of water for irrigation in the prior calendar year) with in-ground irrigation systems submit an annual irrigation checkup to the San Antonio Water System Conservation department by May 1 each year. Properties not in compliance with this step will not be allowed to schedule a consult until compliance requirements are met.

  • STEP 2: Schedule a SAWS Irrigation Consultation

    All irrigation rebates begin and end with an irrigation consultation. Call 210-704-7283 to schedule your consultation. We will run your irrigation system, make recommendations and provide a preliminary rebate offer for irrigation changes tailored to your landscape. Rebate offers are good for 12 months from the date of the first consultation.

  • STEP 3: Complete System Changes

    You MUST have a SAWS irrigation consultation BEFORE any work begins. A licensed irrigator must complete the work in accordance with local and state regulations. If you complete system changes and schedule the final inspection within 90 days of the first consultation, you will receive a 10% BONUS!

  • STEP 4: Schedule and Pass your Final Inspection

    After the work is complete, schedule the final inspection. Conservation will verify eligible changes made to the system. You will sign the final inspection agreement, irrigation report form and maximum peak season agreement if you are participating in the Custom Rebate Program. SAWS will calculate the final rebate amount and contact you by email within five (5) business days.

  • STEP 5: Rebate Check Issued

    Once you have received your final rebate approval email, you will receive your check within eight (8) weeks. Checks are issued to the name on the SAWS account and mailed first class via U.S. Postal Service to the address on the final inspection agreement. If a different name or mailing address for the check is preferred, provide this information during the final inspection.

  • STEP 6: IRS Requirements

    Rebates $600 or more require an IRS W-9 Form. SAWS will provide you one. You will receive a 1099 Form from SAWS for your taxes. Rebate checks will not be issued until your completed W-9 form is received by SAWS.

Rebate Calculations


SAWS rebates are based on the irrigation system size (number of zones) and use (average gallons per minute measured during the initial consultation). Irrigation changes are expected to be a permanent change to your property.

The tables below show your options, the requirements and rebate amount ranges:

Permanent Removal of Irrigation System

Removal of Irrigation System
(Active Systems: $$$$$)
(Non-Functional Systems: $$$)
  • Irrigation controller removed
  • Backflow and box for backflow removed
  • Visible zone valves and boxes for zone valves removed
  • All visible sprinkler heads removed

Targeted Changes

Removal of Irrigation Zone
(Per zone: $$)
  • Zone valve and box for valve removed from ground
  • Visible spray heads removed
Spray Zone to Drip Irrigation
(Per zone: $$)
  • Landscape beds only; no subsurface grass installs accepted
  • Drip may be point-source or in-line
  • Drip emitters must not apply more than 0.6 gallons per hour and a minimum of 18″x18″ spacing
  • Drip emitters may not be present in areas without plants
  • Indicator head that is clearly visible with a highly visible color on stem and nozzle
  • Layout must remain uncovered to allow inspection by SAWS staff
Conversion to
Pressure-Regulated Heads
(Per zone: $)
Installation of New Master Valve
(One per system: $$)
  • Approved for existing systems without a master valve
  • NOT approved to replace or affect repair of an existing master valve
  • Must be wired as if newly installed, no actuators, or other technology unless pre-approved by SAWS Conservation PRIOR to install
  • Initial consult required prior to install

The Fine Print

You must have an Irrigation Consultation BEFORE you begin any work.  Work completed prior to the first consult will not receive rebates.

Rebate offer good for 12 months from the date of the initial consult.

The site must be in compliance with Irrigation System Check-up requirements.

Rebates are in cash. Rebates over $600 will require an IRS W-9 tax form.

Work completed within 90 days from the initial consultation offer receives a 10% bonus.

Program availability may be subject to budget limitations.

NOTE:  If your SAWS water account is more than 45 days past due and the amount of your irrigation rebate is less than the past-due balance, SAWS Conservation will issue your irrigation rebate as a credit to your SAWS water account rather than mail a check.


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