Palmdale, CA – The Palmdale Water District (PWD) Board of
Directors voted 5-0 at Monday’s meeting to offer a new rebate of up to $150
for customers who install Weather-based Irrigation Controllers (WBICs), and
to increase high-efficiency toilet and clothes washer rebates.
The new rebate for WBICs, also known as smart irrigation
controllers, will help residents use their water more efficiently when watering
their landscape. The weather-based controllers automatically adjust the
irrigation based on the weather of the location, needs of the landscape and
soil conditions. It is available for single-family, multi-family and
The Board also approved increasing toilet rebates from $60 up to
$100 and clothes washer rebates from $100 up to a maximum of $150. The
new amounts are more in line with what other water agencies offer.
“I am really pleased that we are offering rebates for the Weather-based Irrigation
Controllers,” said Board Director Don Wilson. “There are a lot of people, including myself, who
forget to adjust their controllers before or after rain. With this, you can program it and forget
about it. Think of how much water can be saved.”
According to the SoCal Water$mart website, WBICs can save up to 13,500 gallons of
water a year from overwatering. In addition to rebate savings, customizing landscape watering
schedules can save more than $700 on water bills over the controller’s lifetime.
These new controllers can adjust for drought restrictions, do not need rain sensors and
can be downloaded on a smart phone application, allowing owners to review watering schedules,
fine tune cycles and check water usage from tablets, computers and phones.
Those interested in the rebate should go to socalwatersmart.com to find the list of
qualifying models. Within 90 days of purchasing a WBIC, go to PWD’s website at
palmdalewater.org for the proper rebate form and drop off or mail the original receipt, rebate
form and a copy of a PWD water bill. Once approved, PWD will credit the rebate amount to
a customer’s account within three to four weeks.
Since 1918, the Palmdale Water District has provided high-quality water at a reasonable
cost. We pride ourselves on providing great customer care; advocating for local water issues that
help our residents; educating the community on water-use efficiency; and leading our region in
researching and implementing emerging technologies that increase operational efficiency. For
more information about PWD, visit www.palmdalewater.org.