Rebates

You may be eligible for rebates, which we offer as an incentive to install water efficiency improvements in your home, landscape or business. Please note that rebates are available on a first come, first served basis and funding is not guaranteed.

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Mulch Rebate

NEW! Spread a 3-4 inch layer of mulch around your plants to keep the soil cool and reduce water evaporation. Rebate of $25 per cubic yard up to $100 on qualified plant-based mulch from Helix Water District . Call 619-667-6226 to learn more and apply.

Free Low-Flow Showerheads

Low-flow showerheads rated at 2.0 gallons per minute use 20% less water than traditional showerheads. Residential and commercial customers can pick up FREE showerheads at our front counter at 7811 University Avenue in La Mesa. Limit: 3 per home.

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Residential Rebates

For a Water Efficient Home

Premium High Efficiency Toilet
Toilets account for up to 30 percent of indoor water use. Receive a rebate up to $40 on qualifying 1.1 gallons per flush (GPF) or less models. Go to SoCal WaterSmart  or call 888-376-3314.

High Efficiency Clothes Washer
High efficiency clothes washers use up to 55 percent less water and 25 percent less energy than conventional clothes washers. Get a rebate up to $85 from SoCal WaterSmart (call 888-376-3314) and a rebate of up to $25 from SDG&E (call 800-411-7343) on selected models. 

Smart Leak Detector/Flow Monitoring Device
Strap a smart leak detector, also known as a flow monitoring device, on your water meter and receive alerts through your smartphone every time it identifies high water use or a potential leak. Get a $100 rebate on qualified devices from SoCal WaterSmart or call 888-376-3314.

For a Water Efficient Irrigation System

Mulch
A 3-4 inch layer of mulch keeps your soil cool and reduces water evaporation. Rebate of $25 per cubic yard up to $100 on qualified plant-based mulch from Helix Water District (call 619-667-6226).

Rotating Sprinkler Nozzles
Rotating nozzles apply water more evenly and slowly than regular spray heads, reducing water runoff and misting. Rebate of $4 per nozzle (30 nozzle minimum) on select models from SoCal WaterSmart (call 888-376-3314)

Weather-Based Irrigation Controller
Adjusts watering based on the weather. Rebate of up to $200 if your property is less than one acre, or $35 per station if it more than one acre, on select models from Socal WaterSmart (call 888-376-3314). Please note, you can apply for a rebate on a controller OR a soil moisture sensor system, BUT not both.

Residents in unincorporated areas of San Diego County may be eligible for an increased incentive of up to $60 per station if property is more than one acre. Check the County of San Diego’s Waterscape Rebate Program.

Soil Moisture Sensor System
Soil moisture sensors tell your irrigation controller how long to water. Rebates of up to $80 are available for properties under one acre, or $35 per station for properties over an acre, on select models from SoCal WaterSmart (call 888-376-3314). Please note, you can apply for a rebate on a weather-based irrigation controller OR a soil moisture sensor system, BUT not both.

 

For Turf Replacement

Turf Replacement
The Metropolitan Water District’s Turf Replacement Program offers a rebate of $3.00 per square foot (up to 5,000 sf) to Helix customers replacing grass with sustainable landscaping. DO NOT remove your grass before you apply and are officially enrolled in the program. Synthetic/artificial turf is NOT eligible for the program. Visit SoCal WaterSmart to learn about eligibility requirements and to apply.

Residents in unincorporated areas of San Diego County may be eligible for an increased incentive of up to $4 per square foot through the County of San Diego’s Waterscape Rebate Program.

For Harvesting Rainwater

Rain Barrels
Collect rain water and use it for lawns and gardens. Rebates up to $35 per barrel (50 gallon minimum, up to 2 barrels) are available from SoCal WaterSmart (call 888-376-3314). Please note, you can apply for a rebate on rain barrels or cisterns, but not both.

Residents in unincorporated areas of San Diego County may be eligible for an increased incentive of up to $65 per barrel (up to 2 barrels) through the County of San Diego’s Waterscape Rebate Program.

Rain Cisterns
Collect a lot of water and use it for lawns and gardens. Rebate of up to $250 for 200-500 gallon cisterns, $300 for 501-999 gallons or $350 for 1,000 or more gallons from SoCal WaterSmart (call 888-376-3314). Please note, rebates are limited to one cistern per property, and you can apply for a rebate on a cistern or rain barrel, but not both.

Residents in unincorporated areas of San Diego County may be eligible for an increased incentive of up to $450 for 200-1,500 gallons through the County of San Diego’s Waterscape Rebate Program.

Commercial Rebates

For Water Efficient Plumbing Fixtures

Premium High Efficiency Toilets
Rebates up to $40 for select 1.1 gallon per flush (GPF) or less toilets from SoCal WaterSmart (call 888-376-3314).

Ultra Low and Zero Water Urinals
$200 rebate from SoCal WaterSmart (call 888-376-3314)

Plumbing Flow Control Valves
Rebate of $5 per valve from SoCal WaterSmart (call 888-376-3314) (10 valve minimum)

For Water Efficient Irrigation

Weather-Based Irrigation Controller
$35 rebate per station from SoCal WaterSmart (call 888-376-3314).

Rotating Nozzles for Pop-Up Spray Heads
$4 rebate per nozzle from SoCal WaterSmart (call 888-376-3314).

Large Rotary Nozzles
$13 rebate per set from SoCal WaterSmart (call 888-376-3314).

In-Stem Flow Regulator
$1 rebate per unit from SoCal WaterSmart (call 888-376-3314).

Soil Moisture Sensor System
$35 rebate per station from SoCal WaterSmart (call 888-376-3314).

For Turf Replacement

Commercial Turf Replacement
The Metropolitan Water District’s Commercial Turf Replacement Program offers a rebate of $3.00 per square foot (up to 10,000 sf) and $2.00 per square foot (up to 50,000 sf) to Helix customers replacing grass with sustainable landscaping. DO NOT remove your grass before you apply and are officially enrolled in the program. Synthetic/artificial turf is NOT eligible for the program. Visit SoCal WaterSmart to learn about eligibility requirements and to apply.

For Water Efficient Cooling Towers

Cooling Tower Conductivity Controller
$625 rebate from SoCal WaterSmart (call 888-376-3314).

Cooling Tower pH Controller
$1,750 rebate from SoCal WaterSmart (call 888-376-3314).

For Restaurants and Hotels

Connectionless Food Steamer
$485 rebate per compartment from SoCal WaterSmart (call 888-376-3314).

Air Cooled Ice Machine
$1,000 rebate from SoCal WaterSmart (call 888-376-3314).

For Dental and Medical Offices

Dry Vacuum Pump
$125 rebate per 0.5 horsepower from SoCal WaterSmart (call 888-376-3314).

Laminar Flow Restrictor
$10 rebate from SoCal WaterSmart (call 888-376-3314) (10 unit minimum).

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