Waterscape Rebate Program



Program Update - September 9,2021

The Septic Rebate Program page will remain active on the County’s website until we have pre-approved the 400 allocated rebates.  Once this threshold has been reached, subsequent applications will be placed on a waitlist.  Should additional funding become available, pre-approvals will be issued to waitlisted applicants in the order that they were received.  Please submit your application as soon as possible to have the greatest chance of receiving a rebate.

Septic Rebate Program Advertisement

The County of San Diego, Department of Public Works, Watershed Rebate Program is pleased to announce the launch of the Septic Rebate Program.  The goal of the program is to provide financial assistance to have a septic system pumped and to educate residents on proper septic maintenance, how regular maintenance can prevent system failures, what to look for in the event of a failure, how septic systems relate to water quality, and information on additional resources. 




Program Eligibility

Participants must meet the following eligibility criteria and follow these steps to receive a rebate:

  • The septic system is located on a property in the unincorporated County of San Diego.
    • Verify your address in the embedded map below. If your address fall within the orange shaded area, you are eligible to apply for a rebate. 
  • Participant has submitted the septic system pumping service documentation (i.e.- invoice/receipt) within 90 days of receipt of pre-approval.

How to Apply

Click each step below to start the Program

What to Expect Next:

Once your application is submitted, you will see a confirmation page informing you that your completed application has been received.

Once your application has been submitted, you can expect to receive an email within two weeks to indicate if you have been pre-approved to receive a rebate, if additional information is needed, or if you are ineligible (i.e.- located outside of unincorporated County of San Diego).

Following pre-approval, you will have 90 days in which to have your septic system pumped by a qualified pumper from the County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health & Quality Approved pumper list, and return a copy of the septic service receipt/invoice via reply to the pre-approval email.

  • Rebates will not be issued for septic services completed prior to pre-approval issuance.

Septic Training Resources




Septic Pumping Frequency Chart
Septic System Guide
Septic System Guide (Spanish)

Please contact the County of San Diego - Department of Environmental Health & Quality - Land & Water Quality Division 


Phone: (858) 565-5173

E-mail:  LWQDuty.DEH@sdcounty.ca.gov

Frequently Asked Questions


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Contact Us

For questions or more information about the Septic Rebate Program, you may contact us at Watershed.Rebates@sdcounty.ca.gov.


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