Working with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, our Water Use Efficiency Incentives can help lower your water usage and cost.
Rebate reservations are required prior to the purchase of qualifying equipment. Earn rebates for installing:
High-Efficiency, Ultra Low-Flush and Zero Water Urinals Ultra low-flush and zero water urinals provide effective, low maintenance flushing in public restrooms while reducing water consumption.
Connectionless Food Steamers Water-efficient, connectionless (pressureless) food steamers, which have no water or sewer discharge lines, have recently been developed to maintain or warm food in small- to medium-size restaurants.
Weather-Based “Smart” Irrigation Controllers Weather-based (“smart”) irrigation controllers provide the appropriate watering schedule, adjust for changing weather patterns and irrigate based on the needs of your landscape.
Central Computer Irrigation Controllers These sophisticated systems are designed for larger irrigated areas such as golf courses, parks, schools and large commercial complexes. Central computer irrigation controllers consist of a master controller (often a personal computer) which tells the valves in remote locations to open and close.
High-Efficiency Nozzles for Pop-Up Spray Heads High-efficiency sprinkler nozzles can distribute water more effectively.
High-Efficiency Nozzles for Large Rotary Heads By replacing your standard plastic nozzles with high-efficiency metal nozzles, your large rotary sprinklers will become resistant to wear and distribute water more uniformly.
In-Stem Flow Regulators The in-stem regulator controls water flow in irrigation systems at the head. This is an ideal solution for parks, schools, office complexes, golf courses, nurseries and other commercial irrigation applications.
Laminar Flow Restrictors Laminar flow devices avoid drawing air into the water stream, allowing them to produce a non-aerated clear stream of water while inhibiting bacterial growth and transmission. They reduce flow rates and can help lower water and energy costs.
Conductivity Controllers Conductivity controllers can lower the cost of operating your cooling tower by providing greater control over your tower’s blow down and subsequent makeup water. And with an integrated pH conductivity controller, you can upgrade your cooling tower water treatment system by adding chemicals that control the system’s pH.
Dry Vacuum Pumps Liquid ring vacuum pumps use large quantities of water to create a liquid seal and enable suction. Dry vacuum pumps, on the other hand, use machined parts with extremely close tolerances to create suction. Both types of vacuum pumps are used in manufacturing facilities, including medical and dental manufacturing, among other uses.
Air-Cooled Ice Machines Air-cooled ice machines use less water and energy than conventional ice machines, and make ice more quickly and efficiently.
How do I apply? To get your water rebates, call 1.877.728.2282 or visit SoCal WaterSmart. If you need help, send us an e-mail.
Waterwise Case Studies
Bourns, a global electronics company located on Iowa
Avenue in Riverside, recently used Waterwise Landscaping Rebates from RPU in the
company’s massive landscape overhaul. Bourns replaced over 3 acres of grass with a variety colorful waterwise plants, walking paths,
storm water capture systems, dry creek beds, and an employee recreation area.
The landscape makeover will allow Bourns to save nearly 5 million gallons of water per year.
The WaterWise Landscape Rebate Program provides incentives for Riverside Public Utilities residential and commercial water customers who replace existing lawn areas with water-efficient, California-friendly plants. Customers can receive up to $1.00 per square foot for living grass (lawn) that is replaced with WaterWise landscaping suited to our region’s semi-arid climate. Due to overwhelming participation and our need to provide a rebate opportunity to a greater number of customers, the maximum rebate for residential customers is limited to 3,000 square feet and 25,000 square feet for commercial customers.
What are the benefits of installing WaterWise landscaping? By replacing large turf areas with drought-tolerant, California-friendly landscaping and using efficient irrigation, outdoor water use can be reduced by up to 50%.
What areas of my yard will qualify for a rebate? The WaterWise Landscape Program is designed to encourage customers to remove an existing living and irrigated lawn and replace it with California-friendly, water efficient and drought-tolerant landscape. To qualify, you must currently have living irrigated grass in your yard. This program will only calculate rebates on the area of grass removed. Other forms of ground cover or foliage will not be calculated in terms of area of grass removed.
To view photographs of some beautiful landscapes that may give you some inspiration and assist you with your project, click here. For assistance in creating a landscape design plan, please click here.
What plants qualify for this rebate? Only California-friendly, drought-tolerant plant species qualify for the Waterwise Landscape rebate. Click here to search a catalog of authorized plant species.
Can I get a rebate for installing concrete? No. Water must be able to seep through (permeate) new landscapes to be eligible for a rebate. Landscape fabric that allows water to penetrate into the ground must also be used. While using concrete in your landscape design is not prohibited, the total square feet of concrete or other non-permeable surfaces used will be deducted from your total rebate amount.
What do I need to do to receive a rebate? To apply to the Waterwise Landscape Rebate Program you will use our new and enhanced rebate application and processing tool. Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
All programs are subject to fund availability and may be cancelled, modified or reduced at any time.
Customers must fulfill program-specific guidelines, and all general program guidelines to be eligible for incentives.
Rebates must be submitted within 90 days of purchase to qualify.
Rebates amount for qualified product is limited up to the cost of the device. The actual device cost excludes tax, shipping, labor and other charges.
The level of incentive is based on size and/or efficiency of the qualified product. Rebate amount cannot exceed the purchase price of the new product.
For rebates under $500, a credit will be applied to the bill. For
rebates over $500, a check will be mailed to customer address of
record. Customer account must be in good standing in order for a rebate
check to be processed in lieu of a bill credit. If customer account is
past due, only a credit for the rebate amount will be processed and
applied to the account.
A copy of the dated sales receipt must be provided,
and is subject to verification. The sales receipt must note all necessary information
on the qualifying product. Including,make and model number or type, vendor, date, and
price per qualifying unit.
Incentives are paid for installations on the
existing building envelope. New construction does not qualify.
are paid for the purchase of NEW equipment only.
The level of incentive is
based on the size and/or efficiency of the qualified product. Riverside Public
Utilities reserves the right to determine product eligibility.
Incentive will be paid to
the water customer of record only. An exception may be made if the tenant or renter provides
proof of purchase.
Qualified products must be installed and in operation at the
customer’s service address.
Customer is responsible for complying with local
ordinances, restrictions, rules and regulations prior to installing any new equipment.
Riverside Public Utilities does not endorse or recommend specific brands,
products or dealers nor does it guarantee material or workmanship; acceptance of such
is the customer’s responsibility.
If it is determined through inspection that
the customer is not in compliance with the requirements of the program, Riverside Public
Utilities may recover the total amount of the incentive or rate reduction paid to the customer
For assistance with these programs, call our account management
team at 951.826.5485 or e-mail us.