Smart Irrigation Controller Rebate Program

Effective July 1, 2018

City of Modesto water customers may be eligible for a rebate when they upgrade or purchase a new smart irrigation controller. Funding is limited and applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The City reserves the right to terminate this program at any time and for any reason.

Customers are eligible for a $50 rebate with the purchase of a qualifying Smart Irrigation Controller. The rebate amount may not exceed $50 per City of Modesto water account.

Replacing an existing timer with a qualifying irrigation controller that meets EPA standards can save an average home nearly 8,800 gallons of water annually.

For a qualifying list of controllers please visit the EPA water sense website (go to product category and select Irrigation Controller) or call 209-342-2246.

How to Apply

  1. Obtain an application using one of the following methods:
    1. Apply Online
    2. Download Smart Irrigation Controller Application (PDF)
    3. Email
    4. Call Water Division 209-342-2246
  2. If you are not applying online, send completed paper application and the original sales receipt to one of the following:
    1. Mail:
       City of Modesto Attention:Water Division - Rebate Program
      PO Box 642
      Modesto CA 95353 
    2. Fax: 209-577-4983
    3. Email

A City of Modesto representative will contact you to schedule an inspection.

Program Guidelines and Participation Section

Who Qualifies?

  • City of Modesto customers who pay a water utility bill to the City of Modesto
  • Customer accounts that are in good standing
  • Tenants must provide written approval from the property owner or property manager

Timeline

  • Program applies to each Smart Irrigation Controller purchased between July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.
  • It is the customer's responsibility to install the new smart irrigation controller prior to submitting application.
  • Rebate application must be submitted within 60 days of sales receipt.
  • A City of Modesto representative may contact you to schedule an inspection.
  • If not approved at inspection, you have 30 days to make corrections and to schedule a final inspection.

Controllers (qualifying for rebate)

  • Controllers must be from the pre-approved list. For a list of qualifying controllers visit: www.epa.gov/watersense/product_search.html or call 209-342-2246.
  • Smart Controllers must be installed within the Modesto City service area and at the location on application.

Rebates

  • Existing Smart Controllers, controller installation costs, new construction, accessories, and taxes do not qualify.
  • Rebate checks will be mailed within 8 weeks after completing the rebate process.
  • Rebate amount cannot exceed the purchase price of the new Smart Controller.
  • Rebates are limited to one per utility billing account per fiscal year (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019).

Application and Rebate Approval or Denial

  • It is the customer's responsibility to install the new smart irrigation controller prior to submitting application.
  • On-site compliance verification may be required.
  • The original itemized dated sales receipt for the new smart controller is required (copies not accepted). Scanned original will be accepted via online submittal only.
  • Incomplete, incorrect or unsigned applications cannot be processed. We will contact you with any discrepancies and may require you to submit a new application.
  • Customer must fulfill all program guidelines to be eligible for rebates.
  • Rebate application must be submitted within 60 days of sales receipt.

Other Considerations

  • The Rebate Program is not responsible for materials lost by mail.
  • Submission or possession of a rebate application does not guarantee receiving a rebate.
  • Rebates are processed on a first come, first served basis.
  • Funding for this rebate program is limited to available resources.
  • Rebate amounts are subject to change without notification.
  • This program shall at all times be subject to change or termination without prior notice.

More about Controllers:  www.epa.gov/watersense/product_search.html