Public Agencies have many options these days when it comes to finding effective ways to lower their water use. Take a look at the various rebates and financial incentive programs below to see what is available to help your organization save water and lower its monthly water bill. 


Commercial Device Rebates

Public Agencies are eligible for the same commericial device incentives as private industry, unless otherwise noted. To see a list of available device rebates, please visit the link above or go to our Commercial Rebates page.


Public Agency Landscape Program

The Public Agency Landscape Program is an enhanced incentive program that provides up-front financing for water-efficient irrigation devices. The customer must meet certain requirements, which can be found on the SoCal WaterSmart page.


Free Landscape Irrigation Survey

Public agencies that irrigate a minimum of one acre are eligible for a free landscape irrigation survey by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). Surveys are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Customers can request a survey here

More information about this program can also be found on the MWD Landscape Irrigation Survey Brochure


Enhanced Funding for Turf Removal

Terms for Public Agencies

The Turf Removal Program has re-launched with new terms and conditions, effective for all applications submitted after 1:00 p.m. on May 12, 2015.

Public agencies may apply for and receive $2 per square foot for the first 3,000 square feet, and $1 for each square foot of turf removed thereafter, up to a maximum of $50,000 per property each fiscal year (July 1-June 30). Public agencies who previously received a turf removal rebate may apply for additional areas. However, each property is subject to a maximum of $50,000 per fiscal year. For a definition of a public agency, please visit the program FAQs

Approval of all applications will be a on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to funding availability. Submital of a reservation request does not guarantee approval or payment.

Turf is one of the most water-intensive components of your landscape. Its high water use and frequent maintenance make it a time-consuming and expensive landscape option. By converting a turf lawn to a California Friendly™ landscape, you could save money on your water bill, reduce landscape maintenance costs, and show that your organization cares about water conservation.


Water Savings Incentive Program (WSIP)

This performance-based water savings program is open to eligible public agencies and provides customized incentives based on estimated water savings. IRWD, MWD and the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) all operate similar programs, but if the applicant applies to MWD's program through the link above, they become eligible for three different funding sources and three levels of review from all three agencies. If a project is accepted by all three agencies, the Public Agency may receive up to $15 for every 1,000 gallons of water saved in a one-year period. For additional details, please visit


Other Programs

IRWD offers several other water and money saving programs, which can be found on the Commercial/Industrical page of this website. Programs include:

  • Cooling Tower Evaporation Credits
  • Recycled Water in Cooling Towers
  • Site Visits and Leak Assistance