When Mayor Eric Garcetti challenged Los Angeles residents, businesses and city agencies to cut their water use by 20% this October, our first thought was Yipee! Los Angeles needs more conservation for sure. According to the latest tally, Southern California has dropped its water use by just 1.7%. Compare that to the statewide drop (7.5%) or the Bay Area (13%).
Our second thought on hearing the news was Yikes! This is going to be tough. Thankfully, making a few water-saving changes at home can go a long way to getting to 20%. The best part? You can get cold, hard cash for making water conservation upgrades, courtesy of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) rebate program. To get you started, we’ve created a simple guide to help you navigate the many cash-back programs.
Before you start
- The LADWP rebate program is administered by SoCal WaterSmart.
- These rebates are available only to LA Department of Water & Power (LADWP) customers.
- Each type of rebate can only be given once per mailing address.
- Always check whether the item you’re buying is eligible for a rebate before you purchase. Visit the SoCal Water$mart website or call 888-376-3314.
- Keep in mind that rebate amounts can change rapidly, so be sure to confirm the current rate when you apply.
Inside Your Home
- What: High-efficiency clothes washers
- How much: starting at $85 per unit
- Requirements: Washers must have a water factor of 4.0 or less. Click here for a list of models.
- What: High-efficiency toilets
- How much: starting at $100
- Requirements: Toilets must be certified EPA WaterSense and meet 1.28 gallons per flush or less.
- What: Bathroom faucet aerators, kitchen faucet aerators and showerheads
- How much: 100% free!
- Requirements: To get your free items, contact Customer Service at 800-342-5397.
Outside in the Yard
- What: Rain barrels to collect and re-use rainwater
- How much: starting at $75 per barrel, up to four barrels
- Requirements: Rain barrels must be at least 50 gallons and must be designed specifically to capture rainwater.
- What: Rotating sprinkler nozzles direct the spray only on your landscape.
- How much: starting at $4 per nozzle
- Requirements: minimum 15 nozzles
- What: Weather-based Irrigation Controllers that automatically adjust the schedule and amount of water used based on weather conditions
- How much: starting at $80 per controller for less than 1 acre of landscape and $35 per station for more than 1 acre
- Requirements: Only models that are certified EPA WaterSense qualify for the rebate.
Soil Moisture Sensor
- What: Soil moisture sensors to measure the moisture at the root level of your yard.
- How much: starting at $80 per unit for less than 1 acre of landscape and 35 per station for more than 1 acre
- Requirements: You can only receive this rebate if you haven’t already gotten a rebate for an irrigation controller.