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Smart Irrigation Controller Rebate Application

Smart irrigation controllers act like a thermostat for your sprinkler system to automatically tailor watering schedules and run times on sprinklers or drip systems. Smart controllers either are sensor based and use real-time measurements using weather information and site conditions such as soil type, plant type, and slope, or are signal based and regularly receive the data from local weather stations via the web. Currently, only EPA WaterSense certified smart controllers are eligible for the City's rebate and can save an average home nearly 13,500 gallons of water annually.

Property Address

Is your Mailing Address different from property Address?

Important: This is where DOU will mail the final rebate check

Mailing Address

To be eligible, you must:

  1. Be receiving City of Sacramento water service at the property;
  2. Be the property owner or bill-paying tenant with written consent from the property owner.

Property Type

Rebate Amounts:

  • Up to $400 for the smart controller and materials used to install an EPA WaterSense Labeled Smart Irrigation Controller(s).
  • Reimbursement will be provided for materials necessary to complete the actual upgrade, may include up to $150 labor, and will not be provided for optional materials or equipment. 
  • Labor costs by a licensed General Contractor or landscaping contractor (C-27) of up to $150 may be included as a reimbursable expense. Labor reimbursement is subject to available grant funding. 

Rebate Amounts:

  • Up to $700 for installing each WaterSense Labelled Smart Controller(s) ($20/irrigation station or $400 min).
  • Reimbursement will be provided for materials necessary to complete the actual upgrade, may include up to $500 labor, and will not be provided for optional materials or equipment.
  • Labor costs by a licensed General Contractor or landscaping contractor (C-27) of up to $500 maybe included as a reimbursable expense. Labor reimbursement is subject to available grant funding. 

Rebate Amounts:

  • Up to $700 for installing each WaterSense Labelled Smart Controller(s) ($20/irrigation station or $400 min).
  • Reimbursement will be provided for materials necessary to complete the actual upgrade, may include up to $500 labor, and will not be provided for optional materials or equipment.
  • Labor costs by a licensed General Contractor or landscaping contractor (C-27) of up to $500 maybe included as a reimbursable expense. Labor reimbursement is subject to available grant funding. 

Rebate Amounts:

  • Up to $700 for installing each WaterSense Labelled Smart Controller(s) ($20/irrigation station or $400 min).
  • Reimbursement will be provided for materials necessary to complete the actual upgrade, may include up to $500 labor, and will not be provided for optional materials or equipment.
  • Labor costs by a licensed General Contractor or landscaping contractor (C-27) of up to $500 maybe included as a reimbursable expense. Labor reimbursement is subject to available grant funding. 

Rebate Amounts:

  • Up to $700 for installing each WaterSense Labelled Smart Controller(s) ($20/irrigation station or $400 min).
  • Reimbursement will be provided for materials necessary to complete the actual upgrade, may include up to $500 labor, and will not be provided for optional materials or equipment.
  • Labor costs by a licensed General Contractor or landscaping contractor (C-27) of up to $500 maybe included as a reimbursable expense. Labor reimbursement is subject to available grant funding. 

Rebate Amounts:

  • Up to $700 for installing each WaterSense Labelled Smart Controller(s) ($20/irrigation station or $400 min).
  • Reimbursement will be provided for materials necessary to complete the actual upgrade, may include up to $500 labor, and will not be provided for optional materials or equipment.
  • Labor costs by a licensed General Contractor or landscaping contractor (C-27) of up to $500 maybe included as a reimbursable expense. Labor reimbursement is subject to available grant funding. 

Who is completing this application?

Please upload photo(s) of your current Irrigation Controller(s)

Did you buy the Smart Irrigation Controller from SMUD Energy Store and receive an instant rebate?

Please upload a photo or copy of your SMUD Energy Store purchase receipt(s) that clearly shows zero balance and proof of payment.

Have you installed the new Smart Controller?

Please upload photo(s) of your installed controller and photos or document(s) of your labor.

Program Checklist

 Smart Controller Rebate Terms & Conditions.

Smart Controller Rebate Terms and Conditions for residents who purchased from SMUD Energy Store with an instant rebate.

I acknowledge that I have read and understand the program Term and Conditions.

I acknowledge that as a recipient of the instant rebate from SMUD Energy Store, I can receive up to $250 in additional reimbursement for remaining product purchase costs including $150 in labor costs for installation performed by a landscaping contractor (C-27). Each City of Sacramento Water account is allowed up to $400 in total smart sprinkler controller rebates and reimbursements, including product and labor costs.

I understand, the irrigation system needs to be in proper working order, determined by Water Conservation Staff, to receive the rebate.

I understand I must have a post-inspection conducted by Water Conservation staff after installation of my smart controller to receive the rebate.

Steps to proceed

  1. Read through Frequently Asked Questions about Smart Irrigation Controllers.
  2. Complete and submit the application.
  3. Expect post-inspection to be scheduled by the Water Conservation Staff.
  4. Your project must be completed within 120 days of your approval date and you must submit your itemized receipts or invoices with a photo of your completed project once complete.

Rebate Agreement - Release of Liability

The City of Sacramento Department of Utilities (City) may deny any application that does not meet all of the Program requirements, which are set forth in the Program Terms and Conditions. The City reserves the right to alter the Program Terms and Conditions at any time, with no notice other than posting the Program requirements on the City website. The applicant agrees to allow the City to inspect the property before and after the project is undertaken, to measure the lawn area to be replaced and to confirm that the project meets the Program Terms and Conditions. The applicant certifies that the attached photos are of the landscape project installation site, accurately show the site’s current condition, and are not altered or modified. The City does not warrant or guarantee that the applicant will experience lower water bills as a result of participating in the Program. The City is not responsible for any damage that may occur to participant’s property as a result of the Program. The applicant agrees to indemnify the City, and its directors, officers, and employees, and to hold each of them harmless from and against all loss, damage, expense and liability resulting from or otherwise relating to his or her participation in the Program. By typing your name and electronic signature you agree to the terms and conditions of the program.

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