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Conservation

Are you concerned about the statewide drought, looking for ways to reduce your water bill or more ways to use water wisely? Rebates are available for many homes or businesses to help you use water more efficiently. Rebates include:

High Efficiency Washers (HEW) $165.00  
High Efficiency Toilets (HET) $ 95.00  
Rain Barrels $ 75.00 per barrel, 4 barrel maximum
Weather Based Irrigation Controllers (WBIC) $140.00 under 1 irrigated acre
Weather Based Irrigation Controllers (WBIC) $ 25.00 per station over 1 irrigated acre
Moisture Sensors $ 80.00 added to an irrigation controller
Turf Replacement $  3.50* per square-foot for the front yard (this is combining $2.00 MWD + $1.50 SDCWA rebates)
Rotating Sprinkler Nozzles $ 4.00 per nozzle. One rebate per residential address, 15 nozzle minimum
       

In addition, Otay Water District offers a limited number of free residential, landscape, and commercial water use surveys.

Water Smart Checkups

Free indoor and outdoor water conserving recommendations. Call (866)883-1332 or visit watersmartcheckup.org to schedule an appointment.

Turf Replacement Programs

Rebates are available to replace irrigated turf grass with water smart plants, artificial turf and other permeable surfaces.

Water Smart Plants

San Diego County Water Authority’s Turf Replacement Rebate Program - SDCWA gives a $1.50 per square-foot rebate when replacing irrigated turf grass in front yards with low water use, non invasive plants. Call (866)685-2322 for other qualifying standards or visit turfreplacement.watersmartsd.org for an application.
   

Artificial Turf, Permeable Surfaces, Water Smart Plants

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's Turf Removal Program - MWD offers rebate amounts starting at $2.00 per square-foot when converting existing live turf to a low water use alternative. This may include synthetic turf and other permeable surfaces, but excludes invasive plant species.

 

*In some instances, rebates from SDCWA and MWD may be combined increasing the amount of the rebate. Please review each wholesale water agency’s qualifying standards. The rebates listed are subject to change or termination by the MWD at any time, please call (888)376-3314 or visit www.SoCalWaterSmart.com for confirmation of available rebates.

 

Water Conservation Garden

The District is a founding member of the 5 acre Water Conservation Garden and encourages all of its customers to visit the Garden to see the variety and beauty of water wise gardens. The Garden is free to the public and is open year round. For directions to the Garden or for more information, click here.  

WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Classes

To help homeowners save water, a free series of landscape and water conservation classes are available at Southwestern College starting on March 29th and at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College starting on May 10th.  The WaterSmart Makeover class requires a commitment of attending four indepth Saturday sessions.  For additional class information or to apply, call 619/289-8890 or email landscapemakeover@sdcwa.org

WaterSense Program

The Otay Water District has been an EPA WaterSense partner since 2008. WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Its mission is to protect the future of our nation's water supply by promoting and enhancing the market for water-efficient products and services. Saving water is easy—many products are already available for use, and it doesn't require changing the way most of us live or do business. WaterSense labelled products are generally 20% more water efficient than similar products in the marketplace. Click on the links below for more information on WaterSense and WaterSense labelled products:


* EPA WaterSense New Home Program:

* Test Your WaterSense (interactive online quiz): 

*Find a WaterSense Labeled Product or Irrigation Partner

How to Contact Water Conservation: