Irrigation Rebates

Water conservation rebates are available for irrigation controllers and the replacement, repair or audit of an irrigation system.

Benefits of Installing Controllers
Smart controllers and rain sensors are devices installed as part of automatic sprinkler systems to avoid excess watering. They monitor rainfall and/or soil moisture and prevent automatic sprinkler systems from irrigating during rainy or wet periods. As the soil dries, the controller will allow normal watering to start again. This prevents unnecessary irrigation and facilitates water conservation.

Save Money — water conserved from the sensor can pay for itself over time
Extends Sprinkler System Lifespan — less usage of sprinklers equals longer lifespan
Water Conservation — less water is wasted in watering lawns and gardens
Save Energy — less water means less energy needed to distribute it

Rebate Guidelines
The rebate program reimburses Eden Prairie water and sewer utility customers in amounts that vary with the type of purchase:

  • Installation or replacement of a smart controller or rain sensor with a WaterSense-labeled model qualifies for reimbursement of 50 percent of the pre-tax purchase price (up to $200) for each smart controller and/or sensor
  • Replacement of an irrigation system (minimum purchase of $1,500) with a new system that includes a WaterSense-labeled controller and/or rain sensor qualifies for reimbursement of up to 100 percent of the pre-tax purchase price for each controller and/or sensor
  • Replacement or addition of an alternative stormwater reuse system to an existing irrigation system may qualify for reimbursement of 50 percent of the cost, up to a maximum of $500; requests must be preapproved in writing by City's environmental coordinator prior to purchase and installation
  • Audits that result in the replacement of smart controllers or rain sensors with WaterSense-labeled products may qualify for a rebate of 100 percent of the audit cost, up to a maximum of $500

Additional rebates may be available for upgrading existing residential or commercial irrigation systems to improve water efficiency:

  • Overall project cost must exceed $10,000
  • Requests must be submitted to City’s environmental coordinator for consideration and approval prior to purchase or installation
  • Maximum reimbursement available is 50 percent of cost for purchase and installation of water-efficient products, up to a maximum of $5,000 for the property
  • Eligible products could include items such as smart controllers, soil moisture sensors, rain sensors, zone regulating modules, precision-rotating sprinkler heads, digital sprinkler heads and/or pressure-regulating rotors
  • Controllers and modules must be WaterSense-labeled; all other water-efficient products must be recognized by WaterSense or Smart Approved WaterMark programs, or installed by a WaterSense-certified contractor

Rebate Eligibility and Conditions

  • Rebates only available to Eden Prairie utility customers with non-delinquent accounts
  • System must follow City’s odd/even and no noon-to-5 p.m. watering requirements, even with sensor
  • Each controller or sensor must be WaterSense-labeled product; documentation of qualification must be provided with application
  • Copies of itemized invoices and/or sales receipts documenting make and model of sensor must be provided with application
  • Failure to provide required documentation and application form may result in disqualification
  • City reserves right to inspect irrigation system for proper installation
  • City is not responsible for sensor performance or water savings; no warranty or guarantee provided
  • City has right to discontinue or amend rebate program at any time
  • Funds are limited and available on first-come, first-served basis

Contact the City's environmental coordinator with questions regarding the City's water conservation rebate programs.

Irrigation System Rebate Form [PDF]

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