Clothes Washer Rebate

The District offers a $200 rebate on the purchase of clothes washing machines that use a water factor of 5.0 or less. High efficiency washing machines use significantly less water, less energy, and are less damaging to clothing than older models. Traditional washing machine models use between 27-54 gallons of water per load, while high efficiency models use only 16-20 gallons per load.

 

Toilet Rebate

The District offers a 50% up to $100 rebate when replacing a pre-1992 model toilet that uses more than 2 gallons per flush with a high efficiency toilet rated at 1.28 gallons per flush. The bathroom is the largest consumer of indoor water. A single toilet can use as much as 25% of household water.

 

Turf Buy Back Program

The District rebates $1.50 per square foot up to $2,000 of turf replaced with Tahoe-friendly native or adapted vegetation. The area to be converted must be irrigated, established lawn and must be at least 400 square feet. Your lawn must be verified by the District’s Water Conservation staff PRIOR to turf removal to be eligible. Turf is one of the most water intensive landscaping options and requires substantial maintenance. Non-functional lawns - those that are rarely used - waste water and represent an ongoing cost in both time and resources.  With California trying to recover from one of the worst droughts on record, now is the time to take action to reduce your water footprint!

There is currently a waiting list. Please follow the link to fill out the program interest form to be added to the wait list. A pre-conversion visit is required.

Irrigation Equipment

The District rebates up to $400 to help you upgrade your irrigation system to make it more efficient. Examples of efficiency improvements include replacing old, non-efficient sprinkler heads with low-flow drip irrigation, removing pop-up spray heads and replacing with low-flow, multi-stream nozzles, installing a pressure regulator for optimal performance, installing low lying sprinklers at the bottom of a slope to stop excess drainage, replacing your irrigation controller. A pre-conversion site visit is required.

Commercial Rebates

Commercial customers can receive rebates to replace inefficient fixtures, toilets, clothes washers, water brooms, and other devices to make your business more water efficient and save money. The District also offers materials and templates for restaurants implementing the Water Upon Request program and for hotel/motels offering a linen and towel reuse program. Contact the Water Conservation Specialist for more information on Commercial Programs. Contact the District to learn more.

 

For more information on the District’s Rebate Programs, contact the Water Conservation Specialist at sthomsen@stpud.dst.ca.us or (530) 543-6268.