Waterscape Rebate Program

 

 

When you harvest and reuse your rainwater for irrigation, you can keep your outdoor space looking fantastic — and save money doing it.

There are plenty of beautiful, efficient ways to save rainwater. Learn more about them below — and choose the one that works best in your yard.

Your Rain-Saving Options:

Please submit an interest form and a Program specialist will contact you and provide guidance. 

Rain-Saving to Yard

RAIN-SAVING TO YARD

Reroute rainwater from your roof to your thirsty yard. 

By simply redirecting your downspout onto your lawn or landscaped area, you can capture rainwater and use it to nourish your soil. This saves you money by reducing the amount of water you need to irrigate. It also prevents pollution from flowing into our beaches and streams.

 

 

 

 

Downspout Redirect

How much is my rebate?

Up to $0.75/ gallon stored, not to exceed $2,100. An average home will capture 515 gallons for $385.

 

Calculate your rain harvest volume and potential rebate

What are the requirements?

VERY IMPORTANT: PROJECTS MUST NOT BE STARTED BEFORE APPLYING FOR AND RECEIVING APPROVAL TO PROCEED.

  1. Property must have gutters. (If you do not have gutters, the Waterscape Rebate Program has a limited number of rebates for gutter installation.)
  2. The roof area you are capturing water from should be at least 225 square feet.
  3. Landscaped area should be large enough to capture the minimum rain harvest volume for the relevant impervious area.
  4. For properties in A and B soils (please check with the Waterscape Rebate Program), landscaped area should be at least 30% of roof area. For C and D soils, landscaped area should be at least 50% of roof area.
  5. Landscaped area should have less than 5% slope.
  6. Landscaped area should be at least 5 feet from any structure.
  7. Flow cannot go over a septic tank.
  8. Project cannot flow directly to neighboring properties.
  9. Participant should follow any additional requirements discussed during site visit consultation.

 

Rain-Saving Gardens

RAIN-SAVING GARDENS 

Help your yard soak up rainwater with gorgeous garden designs and dry creek features.

Installing a landscape feature underneath your downspout will help you collect water for plants to use later on, beautify your yard, and keep our local waterways clean.

Pick the feature that you like best — such as a rain garden, a rock garden, a dry riverbed or a bioswale — and make sure it’s large and deep enough to hold extra rainwater.

 

 

 

 

Downspout Redirect

How much is my rebate?

Up to $2.25/ gallon stored, not to exceed $2,100. An average home will capture 515 gallons for $1,159.

 

Calculate your rain harvest volume and potential rebate

What are the requirements?

VERY IMPORTANT: PROJECTS MUST NOT BE STARTED BEFORE RECEIVING BOTH A SITE CONSULTATION AND NOTICE TO PROCEED.

  1. Project cannot start before a site consultation and notice to proceed.
  2. Property must have gutters. (If you do not have gutters around your house, the Waterscape Rebate Program has a limited number of rebates for gutter installation.)
  3. The area you are capturing water from should be at least 225 square feet.
  4. The landscape feature should be large and deep enough to capture the minimum rain harvest volume for the relevant impervious area.
  5. Rainwater must infiltrate into the ground within 72 hours.
  6. If the feature uses plants, they should be water-resistant, climate-appropriate plants. Invasive plants are not allowed. Native plants offer significant additional benefits and are preferred. 
  7. The bottom of the feature should be flat and level.
  8. Soil used in rain gardens should be well-draining. If the project is located in an area with poor-draining soils (please check with the Waterscape Rebate Program staff), an appropriate soil mix should be used.
  9. The feature cannot directly flow to neighboring properties or structures.
  10. The feature cannot use landscaping fabric.
  11. Flow from the downspout or feature cannot go over a septic tank.
  12. Overflow from the feature must be directed to a landscaped area.
  13. Landscape features should be in place for a minimum of 3 years.
  14. Participant should follow any additional requirements discussed during site visit consultation.
     

 

Rain-Saving Containers

RAIN-SAVING CONTAINERS

Install a barrel or cistern to save rainwater for future use.

Another way to capture rainwater for future use is by placing a rain barrel or cistern under your downspout.  Using a container allows you to actively choose what to do with the rainwater you capture. You can use it to water a nearby landscape or your houseplants. The overflow from these containers should empty onto your yard or a landscape feature to infiltrate the excess flow into the soil.

 

 

 

 

Depending on your needs, here are a few options:

1)  New to Rain-Saving & looking to start with a rain barrel?

SoCal Water$mart

Rain barrels can capture up to 200 gallons of water.  Purchase and install up to 2 rain barrels of your choice and get $65/barrel through SoCalWaterSmart.com

You may see a different rebate amount on our partner website — but don’t worry, if you live in unincorporated San Diego County, and get your water from a San Diego County Water Authority member agency, you'll still receive the amount noted here.

Want to know more about the SoCalWaterSmart.com application process? Download our Rain Barrel/Cistern Application Guide.

 

2) Want to go big with a cistern?  

Cisterns that can capture anywhere from 200 to 1500 gallons. Apply at SoCalWaterSmart.com for a rebate of up to $450. 

Want to know more about the SoCalWaterSmart.com application process? Download our Rain Barrel/Cistern Application Guide.

 

3) Need additional storage? The Waterscape Rebate Program can help with a Rain-Saving Container rebate! See below. 

 

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How much is my rebate?

Up to $0.75/ gallon stored, not to exceed $2,100. 

 

 

Calculate your rain harvest volume and potential rebate

What are the requirements?

VERY IMPORTANT: PROJECTS MUST NOT BE STARTED BEFORE RECEIVING BOTH A SITE CONSULTATION AND NOTICE TO PROCEED.

  1. Since there are additional rain barrel and cistern rebates from SoCalWater$mart.com, the Waterscape Rebate program will help you take advantage of both programs to get you the highest possible rebate for your project. SoCalWater$mart.com rebates will be included in calculations for total rebate amount offered. If you have previously received a rebate from other programs for a project, you are still eligible for the Waterscape Rebate Program.
  2. Property must have gutters. (If you do not have gutters around your house, the Waterscape Rebate Program has a limited number of rebates for gutter installation.)
  3. The area you are capturing water from should be at least 225 square feet.
  4. The containers should be large enough to capture the minimum rain harvest volume for the relevant impervious area, or all of the overflow must infiltrate into adjacent landscaping.
  5. The container overflow cannot flow to neighboring properties or structures.
  6. Overflow from the container cannot go over a septic tank.
  7. Overflow from the container must be directed to a landscaped area.
  8. Container should be in place for a minimum of 3 years.
  9. Participant should follow any additional requirements discussed during site visit consultation.
     
Rain-Saving Gutters

RAIN-SAVING GUTTERS

Install gutters to better manage rainwater in your yard.

Rain gutters perform many crucial functions for your landscaping. When you install them around your home, you can control where the rainwater drips off your roof — allowing you to irrigate your lawn sustainably.

When you don’t have a gutter, water flows against your home, leaving dirt and residue along your siding — which can cause mold growth, paint chipping, and deterioration of your exterior. To qualify for this rebate, you must connect your gutter to a landscape feature, container or yard. The Waterscape Rebate Program offers specific rebates to help with these too.

Installing a gutter helps keep your home looking amazing and helps you avoid problems later on.

 

How much is my rebate?

Up to $5 per linear foot of gutter installed, not to exceed $800. 

 

What are the requirements?

VERY IMPORTANT: PROJECTS MUST NOT BE STARTED BEFORE RECEIVING BOTH A SITE CONSULTATION AND NOTICE TO PROCEED.

  1. Project cannot start before a notice to proceed.
  2. Gutters must surround a minimum of 400 square feet of roof area.
  3. Rainwater falling into gutters must be directed into a yard, container, or landscape feature following relevant requirements.
  4. Gutter flow cannot go over a septic tank or leech field.
  5. Project cannot direct flow to neighboring properties.
  6. Participant should follow any additional requirements discussed during site visit consultation.
     

Who's eligible?

Commercial and residential property owners in unincorporated San Diego County.

See if you’re in the Unincorporated Area of San Diego County by checking your address in the embedded map on the Program Eligibility page.

 

 

Application Process:

Feel free to contact us at any time if you need help picking the right rebate for your property.

1. Application Form:

  • Fill one out below.
  • Submit pre application photos: At least two clear photographs of each downspout that will be redirected. Photos must include the landscaped area where the downspout will be redirected to once disconnected.

2. Site Consultation:

  • After receiving your application form, a team member from the Waterscape Rebate Program will reach out to you to do an in-person or virtual visit to help you decide which Rain-Saving Rebate will work best for your property.

3. Project Implementation:

  • After your application has been approved, you will receive a notice to proceed. You can start putting your project in place. You can choose to do the work yourself, or go through a contractor.

4. Post Project Verification and Rebate Payment:

  • After your project is done, the Waterscape Rebate Program will verify your project using pictures. If needed, there might be an in-person verification. After the completed project has been approved, you will receive payment within 4 weeks.