Smart irrigation Controller Rebate Program

Effective July 1, 2016

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. Telephone: (209) 342-2246
    2. Web site: Click here
    3. Email
  2. Send completed application and the original sales receipt to:
    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 7/1/16 through 6/30/17.
​​​• 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 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, 2016 - June 30, 2017).

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