Residential Irrigation Design Rebate

Make changes to your irrigation system, get a cash rebate, and get the garden or landscape you want without the high water bills. Ditch the entire system and you’ll receive a larger rebate.

Why the rebate? In San Antonio, customers with irrigation systems use 70 percent more water on average in the summer and 50 percent more annually than customers without irrigation systems.

Rebate Benefits

How It Works

 The residential irrigation design rebate is available to SAWS residential water customers that make permanent changes to their irrigation systems resulting in long-term water savings.

STEP 1: Schedule a Residential Irrigation Consultation FIRST!

Call 210-704-7283 to schedule an Irrigation Consultation. Appointments last an hour. 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 2: Complete Changes to your Irrigation System

Remember, you MUST have a consultation BEFORE any work can begin. Have a licensed irrigator complete the work or complete it yourself, following all city and state laws governing irrigation installation. If work is finished and a final inspection is scheduled within 90 days of the first consultation, SAWS will add a 10% BONUS to your rebate!

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STEP 3: Pass your Final Irrigation Rebate Inspection

After work is complete, call 210-704 -7283 to schedule your final inspection within 12 months of the initial consultation to verify the rebate work. You will be contacted by phone and asked to submit specific photos of the completed work via email. Once staff have reviewed your photos, you will receive irrigation rebate forms by email, including an IRS W-9 Form if your rebate is over $600, to complete and return.

STEP 4: Rebate Check Issued

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

Rebate Calculations

The rebate is based on the number of zones your system has and the gallons per minute your irrigation system uses at the initial consultation.

Irrigation changes are expected to be a permanent change to your property.

The table below shows 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 backflow box removed
  • Visible zone valves and boxes for zone valves removed
  • All visible sprinkler heads removed
  • Drip lines and any drip indicator heads (if present) removed

Targeted Changes

Removal of Irrigation Zone
(Per Zone: $$$)
  • Zone valve and valve box removed
  • Visible sprinkler heads removed
  • Drip lines and any drip indicator heads (if present) removed
Spray Zone to Drip Irrigation
  • SAWS has discontinued the drip irrigation rebate. It was found to show no water savings on average and often requires expensive ongoing maintenance.
Conversion to Pressure-Regulated Heads
(Per Zone: $)
Installation of New Master Valve
(One per system: $$)
  • 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

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The Fine Print

  1. You must have an Irrigation Consultation BEFORE you begin any work.  Work completed prior to the first consult will not receive rebates.
  2. Rebate offer good for 12 months from the date of the initial consult.
  3. Rebates are in cash. Rebates over $600 will require an IRS W-9 tax form.
  4. Work completed within 90 days from the initial consultation offer receives a 10% bonus.
  5. Maximum targeted changes rebate equals the amount offered for permanent system removal, plus bonuses (if any).
  6. Program availability may be subject to budget limitations.
  7. 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.
  8. To view your rebate history, you will need online access to your SAWS service account. Note: Once you have logged in to My Account, look for the Rebates & Rewards button in the main navigation menu.