Rebates & Free Programs

The City of Milpitas is partnering with Valley Water to offer great resources, information, and rebate programs to assist home and business owners to help save water.

NEW! BREAK UP WITH YOUR LAWN AND GET $3 BACK PER SQ. FT!

LANDSCAPE REBATE INCREASED & NEW WATER CONSERVATION INCENTIVES
(LIMITED TIME ONLY)

For a limited time, the City of Milpitas has increased the rebate amount to $3.00 per sq. ft. for residential landscape conversions until funds run out!  Convert your lawn into a healthy habitat with native and drought-tolerant plants!

Apply today to participate in Valley Water’s Landscape Conversion Rebate.

HARVEST THE POWER OF THE RAIN!

ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR RAINWATER CAPTURE REBATES

(LIMITED TIME ONLY)

Did you know that you can use rainwater that drains from your roof in your garden? Apply today to participate in Valley Water’s Rainwater Capture Rebates.

For a limited time, the City of Milpitas has increased the rebate amounts for residential customers!

Rain Barrel

Cistern

Rain Garden

Up to $50

$1 per Gallon

$2 per sq ft of Roof Area

For all rebates under the Landscape Rebate Program, application submittal and approval is required before purchasing any new equipment or starting any work.

Make water conservation a way of life and ACT NOW before funds run out!

For my Home:

Valley Water Residential Rebates

Want to know what you can do to conserve water at home? Visit here for more information on Valley Water rebates, and make conservation a way of life! 

Water Conservation Kits

Request to pick up a Water Conservation Kit from the Milpitas Public Works Office. These kits include free low flow shower heads, faucet aerators, and a hose shut-off nozzle. Email milpitasworks@ci.milpitas.ca.gov  or call the water conservation hotline 408-686-2666 to schedule.

DIY Water Wise Indoor Survey Program

Complete Valley Water’s Water Wise Indoor Survey Kit to evaluate your indoor water use. Kits include a step-by-step guide to evaluating your own water use, including:
• Meter leak test
• Toilet leak test
• Sink/Shower flow rates
• General indoor leak information

You can complete the DIY Water Wise Indoor Survey Kit either:

• Online: Use the kit’s online guide for immediate help. 

• By mail: To get dye tablets to test toilets for leaks and a simple flow-rate device for testing shower and sink flow rates along with a physical copy of the step-by-step guide, visit Valley Water’s online shopping cart!

Click here to watch videos that demonstrate how to do the self-guided indoor water use evaluation.

Graywater Laundry to Landscape Rebates

Residential properties that properly connect a clothes washer to a graywater irrigation system are eligible for a $200 rebate. Pre-approval required. To begin the application process, call (408) 630-2554 or click here.

High Efficiency Toilet Information

Need assistance choosing and replacing a new high efficiency toilet for your home, business, or school? Click here for more information.

For my Business:

Submeter Rebate Program

Mobile home parks and condominium complexes in Santa Clara County can receive up to $150 per installed water submeter for changing from a master water meter to individual water submeters. For more information about this rebate program, please call (408) 630-2707 or apply here.

Water Efficient Technology (WET) Rebate Program

Commercial rebates are available for qualifying facilities in Santa Clara County that replace or update equipment which results in a measurable water reduction. The rebate is currently $4 per 100 cubic feet of water saved per year, or 50 percent of the project cost, whichever is less. For more information about this program, please call (408) 630-2707 or visit here.

For my Landscape:

Water Wise Outdoor Survey

Help to conserve water use outdoors by consulting an irrigation specialist!

During this free outdoor irrigation survey offered to single family and small multi-family sites (under ½ acre) in Santa Clara County, a trained irrigation professional will complete a comprehensive evaluation of your irrigator system. During the survey, the technician will:
• Evaluate the efficiency of your irrigation system, noting and flagging problems
• Provide you with a personalized irrigation schedule, if appropriate
• Make recommendations for repairs, replacements, and upgrades
• Send you a detailed written report after the survey is complete
• Pre-inspect the site for the Landscape Rebate Program, if applicable

This is a great time to evaluate your irrigation system and make changes before you turn the system back on this spring. On average, about half of the water used on residential sites goes to the landscape, so having your irrigation system in top shape can help you reduce your water use drastically. The site must have at least one valve operated irrigation zone in order to sign up. Homes that only use a hose or portable sprinkler to irrigate the landscape will not be eligible.

To schedule an inspection, please call the Valley Water conservation hotline at (408) 630-2554 or click here.

San Jose Water Company customers should request a Water Audit by calling (408) 279-7900.

Landscape Conversion Rebate Program

The Landscape Rebate program provides rebates for replacing turf with a drought-tolerant landscape. Sites wishing to participate in the rebate program must complete a pre-inspection and submit an application for approval before beginning any work on their project. For more information or to apply, click here.

Qualifying for the Landscape Rebate Program
Although not a pre-requisite for the Landscape Rebate Program, sites that complete a landscape field survey may be eligible to apply for rebates through the Landscape Rebate Program.

Lawn Busters Program

The Lawn Busters program provides subsidized on site-assessments, landscape design, planting and irrigation installation for qualifying homeowners (seniors over 60, low-income residents, veterans, residents with disabilites). Email lawnbuster@ourcityforest to apply.

Irrigation Equipment Upgrade Rebate Program

The Irrigation Equipment Upgrade Rebate Program provides rebates for  upgrading to high efficiency irrigation equipment including:

  • Drip Irrigation
  • High Efficiency Nozzles
  • Rotary Sprinklers with Pressure Regulation and/or Check Valves
  • Weather Based Irrigation Controllers
  • Rain Sensors
  • Dedicated Landscape Meters, Flow Sensors and Hydrometers

To find out how to apply and update your irrigation equipment, click here.

Large Landscape Survey Program

All commercial, industrial and institutional (CII) sites as well as multi-family complexes in Santa Clara County with a minimum of ½ acre of irrigated landscape or more and/or 1,000 CCF of annual irrigation water usage may be eligible for a complimentary landscape field survey. To find out if your CII or multi-family sites are eligible, please visit here.

What are the components of a landscape field survey?

  • System Check
    A professional will evaluate the water delivery system and point out inefficiencies that can add up to significant water losses.
  • Site Specific Recommendations and Irrigation Budget
    Surveyors provide recommendations for improving system efficiency such as upgrading irrigation hardware and/or providing the site with a calculated irrigation budget based on climate, irrigation system components, and vegetation.
  • Landscape Field Survey Report
    The site’s property manager/owner will receive a landscape field survey report that evaluates the existing irrigation system and landscape water management. The report also includes a summary of the irrigation system check and irrigation efficiency improvement recommendations. A calculated irrigation budget may also be provided.

Apply for the Landscape Survey Program here.

To Learn More about Water Conservation or

To Report Violations

Call 408-586-2666 or Report Online