Rebate dollars

In response to the Alameda County’s Public Health Officer order for shelter in place, many water conservation rebate processes have been altered. Many of  ACWD’s rebate programs, remain available to our customers, although processing times for applications may be delayed by 1-2 weeks. Water Conservation program applications should be EMAILED to the Water Conservation Team.

If you have questions about any of ACWD’s rebates or how changes to business due to COVID-19 will impact your application, customers can call any time, 24/7, and leave a message or email us. Calls will be returned within 24-48 hours by conservation staff during regular business hours: 8:00-5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. When you call, please make sure your message includes your name, return phone number, and a short summary of your inquiry.

Rebate Programs

For more information on any of the following programs, please contact ACWD’s Water Conservation Department at 510-668-4218 or email us. Funding is limited.

For Your Home and Garden

Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller Instant Rebate (for residential customers)

ACWD has partnered with Rachio Inc. and the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) to offer residential customers a Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller at a discounted price of $100 + tax (up to a $279+ retail value)! Residential customers can receive an instant rebate when purchasing a Rachio controller at (Link works best with Chrome or Firefox browsers). 8- Zone and 16-Zone controller options are available. Supplies are limited.

The Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller is equipped with hyperlocal Weather Intelligence™ Plus that allows users to save 20% or more on their outdoor water use! The controller helps you monitor and manage watering from anywhere with robust smartphone control. You can also create tailored schedules, make automatic weather adjustments and maintain the perfect yard - without lifting a finger.

New! - Lawn Be Gone Rebate Program

ACWD is transitioning its turf removal rebate program to a new online platform with assistance from the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA). All ACWD customers can continue to receive a rebate for converting their lawns to water-efficient landscape.* The rebate is based on the number of square feet of lawn converted. ACWD is currently offering $2.00/sq.ft of lawn that is replaced with water-efficient landscape.

*To be eligible for this rebate, customers must submit an application and receive approval before beginning a landscape conversion project. Rebates are issued on a first-come, first served basis. Funding is limited.

Visit the BAWSCA Lawn Be Gone website to complete the online application and for all program information, requirements, and resources such as eligible plant lists and garden design ideas.

Plant Lists

Additional Resources

NEW! Irrigation Hardware Rebate

In partnership with the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA), ACWD is offering all customers a rebate for the purchase and installation of irrigation equipment to enhance irrigation efficiency and reduce water use. All ACWD customers can receive a rebate of up to $5 for high-efficiency sprinkler nozzles, up to $10 for spray bodies with pressure regulation, and up to $30 for large rotors. Visit the BAWSCA Irrigation Hardware Rebate website for all program information, requirements, and application materials. Please review the list of all qualifying irrigation equipment that is eligible for the rebate before purchasing equipment. Projects totaling $1,000 or more must be pre-approved by ACWD Water Use Efficiency staff to be eligible for the rebate.

Rain Barrel Rebates

The Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) is offering rebates on behalf of ACWD for the purchase and installation of qualifying rain barrels. Visit the BAWSCA Rain Barrel Rebate Website for all the program information, requirements and application materials.

Please also check out Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District’s rain barrel safe practices flyer (PDF) and Chapter 17 of the California Plumbing Code for nonpotable rainwater catchment systems.

NEW! Multi-Family Residential (MFR) Ultra-High Efficiency Toilet (UHET) Rebates

ACWD offers multi-family residential property owner customers a rebate of $70 per toilet for replacing higher volume toilets (equal to 1.6 gallons per flush – GPF or greater) with ultra-high efficiency toilets (UHETs) at their site. Projects must be pre-approved. Please contact us for more information and to get pre-approved. See the MFR UHET Program: Informational Flyer for more information about the program. 

For Your Business

High Efficiency Toilet & Urinal Rebates

ACWD offers a $150 rebate for each high use, high volume commercial toilet or urinal replaced with a qualifying High Efficiency Toilet (HET) or High Efficiency Urinal (HEU) at service area businesses and organizations. Sites must be pre-qualified - Please contact us for more information about how to get pre-qualified.

Weather-based "Smart" Irrigation Controller Rebates (for your business)

A Smart controller uses weather data and site information to adjust irrigation watering times and frequency. More efficient watering means less waste, reduced run-off and healthier plants. Commercial and large landscape customers that replace their existing conventional irrigation controller with a "smart" irrigation controller may qualify for a rebate of up to $30* per active station. See our Program Brochure (PDF) for more information. Sites must be pre-qualified - Please contact us for more information about how to get pre-qualified.

*Rebate is based on the number of active stations of each existing controller.

*Learn how to program common weather-based irrigation smart controllers to ensure you are in compliance with ACWD's irrigation schedule requirements, as outlined in ACWD's Ordinance Declaring a Water Shortage Emergency and Adopting Water Use Regulations, Restrictions, and Guidelines. 

Funding for the Water-Efficient Landscape Rebate and the Weather-Based Irrigation Controller Rebates has been provided in part from the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 and through an agreement with the State Department of Water Resources.

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