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Water conservation incentives restart

SAN DIEGO COUNTY — Several popular rebates for water-saving devices are once again available to county residents and businesses.

The SoCal Water$mart and Save A Buck rebate programs are being offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Both programs are administered by the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California through the San Diego County Water Authority and its 24 retail member agencies. MWD is the largest supplier of water for the San Diego region.

Residents in the Water Authority’s service area can apply for rebates on high-efficiency clothes washers, high-efficiency toilets, weather-based irrigation controllers and rotary nozzles with pressure-regulating heads through the SoCal Water$mart program.

No advance rebate reservation is required. Rebate applications for purchases will be available online at

Water$mart will run through May 31, 2010, or until the $6 million for the program are depleted. Participants should check the Web site regularly for the latest information on qualifying devices and products and rebate amounts.

The Save A Buck program is available to water agency customers who own or manage commercial, industrial and institutional facilities or multi-family properties.

Save A Buck rebates include high-efficiency toilets, weather-based irrigation controllers, rotary nozzles with pressure-regulating heads, water brooms, cooling tower conductivity controllers and ph/conductivity controllers (HVAC), steam sterilizers and dry vacuum pumps (medical) and high-efficiency clothes washers (multi-family).

Some devices or products from previous Save A Buck programs are no longer eligible for a rebate. Participants must obtain a rebate reservation online prior to purchase and installation of a qualifying device. Phone reservations are not available.

After obtaining a reservation, participants must purchase and install the device and submit the completed application within 45 days of the reservation confirmation to receive a rebate.

Reservations will be available at on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants should check the Web site regularly for the latest information on qualifying devices and products and rebate amounts.

Since local water agencies may offer additional rebates or incentives, residents and businesses interested in participating in SoCal Water$mart or Save A Buck should first check with their local water provider regarding local incentives, including the availability of synthetic turf rebates.

To find local water agencies, go to or or call (888) 376-3314.


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