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Smart Irrigation Controller Rebate

The City of Petaluma is pleased to provide Commercial, Industrial and Institutional accounts as well as Multi-Family Residential accounts up to a $900 rebate for the purchase of a Smart Irrigation controller.

Smart irrigation controllers utilize local site conditions such as soil moisture, evaporation, plant traspirigation, sunlight, temperature and humidity to calculate how much water should be applied to your landscape. This technology takes the guess work out of programming your irrigation controller. The Smart controller will input the total amount of time to operate each irrigation valve without you or your landscape contractor having to do the work. When the weather gets warm, the Smart controller irrigates more, when the weather cools down, it irrigates less.

Minimum Requirements
  • Site must have a fully operational in-ground irrigation system operated by an automatic sprinkler timer
  • Site must have at least 1,500sqft of automatically irrigated landscaping
  • Site must have at least 500 square feet of well maintained, automatically irrigated turf grass
  • Site must be a potable water account of the City of Petaluma
  • Property owner must agree to release historical and future water usage data for statistical purposes
  • Property owner must agree to an onsite pre- and post-installation verification
  • Smart Controller must be installed and operational at the installation site for at least two (2) years
  • The qualified Smart Controller must have a minimum of 3 years pre-paid signaling fees (for controllers utilizing an operating signal)
  • Install a rain sensor with the Smart Controller

Rebate Amount:
Up to 12 active stations: $300.00
13 to 24 active stations: $600.00
25 or more active stations: $900.00

How to Participate:
  1. Confirm eligibility by setting up a pre-installation verification. Call (707) 778-4507.
  2. Read and understand the rebate form. Complete the form.
  3. Purchase and install a qualifying Smart Controller. See below for more details on qualifying controllers. Rebates for irrigation controllers utilizing on-site soil moisture sensors will be issues on a case-by-case basis.
  4. Arrange an onsite post-installation verification by calling (707) 778-4507.
  5. Submit the completed application and a copy of the purchase invoice(s)/receipt(s) to the representative during your verification appointment.
  6. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for the rebate check to arrive after your verification appointment.
How Does a Smart Controller Qualify for a Rebate?

In order to qualify, the Smart controller must have gone through the Irrigation Associations Smart Water Application Technology (SWAT) testing protocol and obtained a mean average for 6 test zones of 100% in Irrigation Adequacy and a mean average for 6 test zones of 0% in Irrigation Excess. Rebates for irrigation controllers utilizing on-site soil moisture sensors will be issues on a case-by-case basis.




Contact Information

Director, Public Works and Utilities
Dan St. John, F.ASCE
202 N. McDowell Blvd
Petaluma, CA 94954
Phone: 707-778-4546
Fax: 707.206.6034
Email: dstjohn@ci.petaluma.ca.us

Administrative Offices
202 North McDowell Blvd.
Petaluma, CA 94954
Phone: 707.778.4546
Fax: 707.206.6034
Email: water@ci.petaluma.ca.us
Hours: 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Monday - Friday

Utility Billing
11 English Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
Phone: 707.778.4350
Hours: 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Monday – Thursday

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Phone: 707.778.4546

Water Conservation
Phone: 707.778.4507
Email: conservation@ci.petaluma.ca.us

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Field Office
202 N. McDowell
Petaluma, CA 94954
Phone: 707.776.3777