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Water Efficiency Rebates

Reducing our water use is important indoors and out. However, we use much more water outdoors and roughly 80% of that water does not make its way back to local waterways. This makes outdoor water conservation extremely important in protecting our vital water resources in the Eagle River Valley. ERWSD provides rebates for customers who take steps to reduce their outdoor water use. Thank you for doing your part.


  • Incentivize reducing water use
  • Reduce barriers and lessen the financial burden of upgrades and conversions
  • Offer support, guidance, and options
  • Encourage early adoption

What rebates are available? 

Landscape Transformation –The District will pay up to $2 per square foot of irrigated lawn you replace with native or drought tolerant landscaping. The rebate is not to exceed the amount paid for landscape transformation (cost of services, materials, hired labor, etc.). There is a 100 square foot minimum requirement but no maximum requirement.

Irrigation Efficiency Bundles – After a required irrigation audit, upgrade your irrigation system and equipment based on audit recommendations. 

Smart Irrigation Controllers – Replace your current irrigation controller with a Smart one that uses weather data, soil sensors, and rain gauges to automatically adjust irrigation based on plant water requirements. 

Irrigation Audits – Schedule an appointment with our District certified irrigation auditor to check your irrigation system and find ways to make it more efficient. Irrigation systems must be turned on and in use for the season. An audit will not be accepted for any account that has not been turned on for the season. This is free of charge for Individually Metered Residential account customers. Other account types are not eligible and will need to contact a professional landscaper. Contact us at [email protected] to schedule an appointment.

Landscape transformation Up to $2 per square foot, 100 sq. ft. minimum 
Irrigation Efficiency Bundles 25% of customer cost up to $1,500 25% of cost up to $1,800 per acre per irrigation account
Smart Irrigation Controller 25% of customer cost up to $200 No stand alone rebate - part of Irrigation Efficiency Bundle
Irrigation Audit Free: performed by ERWSD staff  No stand alone rebate - part of Irrigation Efficiency Bundle 








How do I get a rebate for transforming my landscape? 

Here are six simple steps to getting a rebate:

  1. Request a site visit. It’s important that we get a clear picture of your existing landscaping conditions, answer any questions, and make recommendations as needed. (In some cases, high quality photos may be sufficient instead of a site visit).
  2. Make a plan. Maybe all you need is a Smart controller. Or you may want to do an entire lawn/ landscape transformation. Your site visit and/or irrigation audit will help determine this. Consider consulting with your fire district for a fire assessment as well. You may qualify for multiple rebates.
  3. Complete the work. Do the work yourself or have a professional landscaper do it (save your receipts). Either way, the work must be completed before we issue a rebate. This is the exciting part!
  4. Request a post-work site visit. We’d like to see the improvements made. And we can’t wait to know how much water you’re saving.
  5. Submit rebate application. You can access the online application here. Send before and after photos, itemized receipts or invoices, and the size estimate for any lawn conversion areas. And then pat yourself on the back!
  6. Get your rebate! Rebates of less than $1000 will be issued as a credit on your account. Rebates of more than $1000 will be issued a check. Either way, you will get some compensation for your water conservation efforts. Good job!

Click here for more rebate program details.

In order to be eligible for water efficiency rebates, you must not use herbicides within 75' of the Eagle River and 25' of Gore Creek and tributaries. You must also be registered with WaterSmart. Rebates are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis as funds are available and are provided as a check to the account owner. Rebates are initiated through the forms page on WaterSmart

Free water efficiency devices available for customers. 

  • Toilet leak detection tablets
  • Water-saving moisture meter
  • Deluxe high efficiency hose nozzle
  • 50 mm rain gauge

Additional Outdoor Rebate Program Resources

Please call Customer Service with any questions 970-477-5451. 

Thank you for helping to conserve water.