Water Conservation Rebates & Incentive Programs

Chandler’s rebate program has helped residents and non-residential customers permanently reduce their water use for nearly three decades. Active utility account holders can apply online to take advantage of these great programs. The City of Chandler offers rebates for replacing grass lawns with xeriscape (low water use) landscape, installing a new xeriscape (low water use) landscape at a newly constructed home, or installing a smart irrigation controller. Rebate funds are limited and will be processed until funds are depleted. Review rebate guidelines and apply below.

New Installation Water Conservation Landscape Rebate Policy

Landscape installed at a newly constructed residence may be eligible for a $200 rebate. In fact, the majority of new homes qualify for this rebate even if a small grass or lawn area is included.

  1. The entire front and back yards must be landscaped.
  2. The total landscaped area must exceed 1,000 square feet.
  3. After installation, a minimum of 50% of the landscaped area must be non-grass with inorganic or organic top dressing with drought-resistant trees, lush shrubs, groundcovers, colorful flowering perennials, succulents, etc.

Not sure which plants are low water use? Several resources are available to help you including:

Apply for a Rebate 

Applications are generally processed within 10 business days.

Application

Funds are limited. Rebates will be processed until funds are depleted.

Chandler offers a rebate to replace existing grass areas with Xeriscape (low-water-use/drought-tolerant plants). This rebate is not for the installation of artificial turf. However, applicants may still qualify if they meet the 50% low-water-use plant requirement (see policy).

Grass Removal Landscape Conversion Rebate Program Policy

  1. At least 1,000 square feet of grass must be removed.
  2. After installation, a minimum of 50% of the landscaped area must be non-grass with inorganic or organic top dressing with drought-resistant trees, shrubs, groundcovers, flowering perennials, succulents, etc.
  3. Non-pervious materials such as black plastic sheeting are not permitted in the rebated area.

This rebate is a two-step process. Please submit a completed Rebate Eligibility Assessment Form at least 30 days prior to starting your project.

Dozens of design examples to help you plan your landscape can be found at Water Wise Landscaping in Chandler. There are more than 600 photos of low-water-use plants to choose from and the website allows you to build a database of plants and their specifications that you can save for future reference. This should help you make the switch from a thirsty turf to a beautiful landscape that can be more fragrant and colorful or may attract butterflies or hummingbirds.

Apply for a Rebate 

Applications are generally processed within 10 business days.
Application

Funds are limited. Rebates will be processed until funds are depleted.

 

Weather Based 'Smart' Irrigation Controller: Up to $250

Is a 'Smart' Irrigation Controller Right for You?

  • Do you want to reduce your water bill?
  • Have you thought about using new technology in your landscape to improve your irrigation?
  • Have you ever wondered how much water your lawn really needs to look good and healthy?

If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, you may be ready for a 'Smart' irrigation controller.

These irrigation controllers use current weather data and specific site conditions, such as soil moisture, rain, wind, slope, soil, plant type, and more, and apply the right amount of water to the landscape. 

The use of smart irrigation controllers may qualify for a rebate of 50 percent of the actual cost of the controller (excluding taxes and installation costs) up to $250 per unit.

  • Residential applicants are eligible to receive one (1) Smart Irrigation Controller rebate.
  • HOA, multi-family, commercial and industrial applicants are eligible to receive a maximum of five (5) Smart Irrigation Controller rebates.

Resources

  • Learn Where to Find Smart Controllers in Chandler and the East Valley. 
  • Visit EPA WaterSense for a complete list of qualifying smart controllers. Be sure to check the 'Weather Data Source' column to see if additional components are required, such as weather sensors or collection units.
  • Read Frequently Asked Questions about Smart Controllers.
     

'Smart' Irrigation Controller Rebate Program Policy
 

Apply for a Rebate 

Applications are generally processed within 10 business days.

Application

Funds are limited. Rebates will be processed until funds are depleted.

Water Conservation Retrofit Kit

Plumbing codes in the early 1990’s began requiring water conservation fixtures for new homes. To help Chandler residents whose homes were built prior to the improved standards, Chandler offers free water conservation retrofit kits. The kits contain water conservation fixtures including a water saving showerhead and three faucet aerators. There is also a toilet displacement bag and a fill cycle diverter.

WaterSense

Homes built prior to 1992, can save water:

  • WaterSense showerheads save approximately 2,900 gallons a year. That’s enough water to wash 71 loads of laundry.
  • WaterSense bathroom faucets save over six gallons in 5 minutes. The average bathroom faucet uses 2.2 gallons of water every minute. The aerators included in the retrofit kit use 1.0 gallons per minute. Aerators mix air and water to create a steady stream without compromising performance.
  • Toilet displacement bags and fill cycle diverters save ½ gallon of water each with every flush. Together you can save up to one gallon with every flush. That’s nearly 2,900 gallons a year for a family of four.

Request a Conservation Retrofit Kit 

  • Home must be built prior to 1992
  • Home should not have undergone plumbing renovations. The retrofit kit items are designed to work best with high water using fixtures and may interfere with the proper operation of fixtures already engineered to use less water.
  • Conservation Retrofit Kits are available while supplies last. 

Request a Kit