Controller Rebates

Weather Based “Smart” Irrigation Controllers Rebates are per station based on station capacity. Rebates vary by water agency and are subject to change. Weather Based “Smart” Controllers for irrigation work on a simple principle of provide the appropriate watering schedule, adjust for weather changes, and irrigate based on the needs of the landscape. A smart controller will automatically reduce the watering times as the weather gets cooler and less water is needed. Then as the weather begins to warm up, the controller will add more watering time. The way this typically works is that you set the controller for a default maximum watering time, based on the hottest time of year. Then the controller reduces that time amount by a percentage value when less water is needed.

Single Family Residential Rebates
Rebates start at $80 / controller for less than one acre of landscape and $25 / station for more than one acre of landscape. Customized, smart watering weather-based irrigation controllers (WBICs) allow for more accurate, customized irrigation by automatically adjusting the schedule and amount of water in response to changing weather conditions, and allow you to water to your landscape’s specific plant and climate needs. WBICs use smart irrigation technology for your landscape:
  • Save Water - WBICs can save you from over watering your landscape by 13,500 gallons a year and ensure optimal plant health.
  • Save Money - Customizing your water schedule with WBICs can save over $700 on your water bill over its lifetime. Combine this with the rebate and the savings can add up. For more information, including a list of qualifying WBICs, visit SoCal Water$mart
Commercial Rebates
There are a variety of weather-based smart controllers available for commercial applications. Whether it is real-time on-site weather data, off-site data with internet access, historical weather data or on-site monitoring, the new smart controllers leave little room for error.

Central Computer Irrigation Controller Systems
  • Rebates are per station based on station capacity.
  • Rebates vary by water agency and are subject to change.
These sophisticated systems are designed for larger irrigated areas such as golf courses, parks, schools, and large commercial complexes. These systems consist of a master controller (often a PC computer) which tells the valves at remote locations to open and close. In most cases the central controller is used to program separate satellite controllers that are closer to the valves. For example, a city parks department might have a central control system where the central controller is located at park headquarters, and separate satellite controllers are located at each of the city parks. The park department irrigation supervisor could then turn on (or off) any valve at any of the parks using the central control at the headquarters. Most of these units do a lot more–they monitor water flows to detect leaks, can tell if a valve is broken, adjust watering times based on the current weather, and control many other additional irrigation components. With smart controllers installed on your commercial property, you will be able to avoid over-watering and excessive run-off by scheduling the amount of irrigation based on the type of landscape and current weather conditions. You can protect your landscape investment and improve the health and look of your landscape.

Statistics show that as much as 50% of commercial water is used for irrigation. With many cases of over-irrigation, excessive run-off and poor landscape planning, water agencies are tapping common sense and technology to improve water conservation efforts and enhance the health and beauty of our landscapes.

Purchase of new irrigation controller using weather-based information (either from a suite of sensors, on-site weather station, or remote data source) to modify irrigation schedule will qualify for rebates, refer to the approved device list for specific models. When upgrading existing irrigation controllers to a computerized central system, rebates are contingent upon installation of approved technologies enabling the centralized communication system and the ability of the controller to use weather-based information. Eligible improvements may include software, communication devices, weather stations, enclosures, master valves, flow sensors and flow meters.

View the list of qualifying weather based and central irrigation controller models. Save A Buck currently only provides rebates for weather-based controllers. For more information about the Irrigation Association’s SWAT testing on irrigation controllers, visit their website.