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Custom Water Rebates

Custom water rebates encourage commercial, industrial and institutional customers to use water more efficiently. Rebates help offset the initial costs of installing water-saving equipment and systems. Increasing water efficiency is cost-effective and can result in significant water, sanitary and energy savings. Rebate amounts are calculated based on estimated water savings to ensure program cost-effectiveness and are approved on a case-by-case basis. The list below provides water rebate information for participating water districts in the Bay Area.

The Standard Incentive Metric, in dollars per 100 cubic feet of first year savings, is intended to help estimate rebate potential for water saving equipment similar to custom energy rebates which are offered in dollars per therm of gas or dollars per kWh of electricity per first year savings. The standard incentive metric is not the actual rebate offered, but just a tool to quickly estimate water and energy rebates for equipment where the annual energy and water savings is provided.

In foodservice facilities, reducing hot water use with cooking appliances (steamers and combination ovens) and sanitation equipment (dishwashers) and reducing cold water use with refrigeration equipment (ice machines) provides a great return on investment since these types of equipment typically qualify for both an energy and water rebate. With electricity and gas rates increasing at close to the rate of inflation (2.6%) over the last 10 to 15 years and water and sewer rates increasing at 2.5 times the rate of inflation in the last 5 years, there hasn’t been a better time to take advantage of these rebates to replace old inefficient equipment and reduce your utility costs.




Alameda County
Water District (ACWD)

Incentive: Varies with each custom rebate.
Description: Incentives for water use equipment provided on a case-by-case basis.
  Please call for more information.
Website: acwd.org
Contact: Stephanie Nevins
 
  (510) 668-4207



Contra Costa
Water District (CCWD)

Incentive: Incentive amount varies with each custom rebate. The rebate incentive depends on a number of variables including water savings and the useful life of the equipment.
Standard Incentive Metric: $4.82 per 100 cubic feet of first year water savings.*
Description: CCWD offers incentives for the purchase or lease of water saving equipment, including, but not limited to, the following:
• CEE Commercial Kitchen Initiative water conserving items including; Ice Machines, Dishwashers, Connectionless Steamer, Pre-Rinse Dishwashing Sprayer http://www.cee1.org/com/com-kit/com-kit-equip.php3.
• US EPA WaterSense High Efficiency Toilets, and High Efficiency Urinals.

Requirements: Prior to purchase, customers must contact CCWD to schedule a water-use survey and get pre-approval. Rebates are not retroactive.
Website: ccwater.com
Contact: Ray Cardwell Nicholle Fratus
 
  (925) 688-8234 (925) 688-8105
 



East Bay Municipal
Utility District (EBMUD)

Incentive: $0.50 per 100 cubic feet of total water savings over a seven-year period
  (purchased) or over five years (leased).
Standard Incentive Metric: $3.50 per 100 cubic feet of first year water savings.
Description: More information about the WaterSmart Customized Rebates is found on the EBMUD website.
Requirements: To be eligible for the incentive, customers must participate in a water conservation survey and submit a “Financial Incentives for Business and Industry” application form before starting the project. A seven-year purchase contract or alternatively a five-year lease contract is required to qualify. Must meet a minimum two-year payback period to qualify for the incentive.
Website: ebmud.com
Contact: Rolando Gonzalez
 
  (510) 287-0594



Metropolitan Water District
of Southern California (MWD)

Incentive: Up to $0.60 per 1,000 gallons saved per year over the project life,
  up to a maximum of 10 years.
Description: Contact Carolyn Schaffer for more information about the Water Savings Incentive Program (WSIP).
Requirements: Incentives are limited to 50% of the eligible project costs. Eligible costs directly pertain to the project installation or water management services including audits, design, engineering, construction, equipment and materials.
Website: mwdh2o.com, bewaterwise.com
Contact: Carolyn Schaffer
 
  (213) 217-6244



Monterey Peninsula Water
Management District (MPWMD)

Incentive: : Varies. Rebates available for dishwashers, food steamers, ice machines,
  cooling tower retrofits and other non-residential retrofits.
Description: Rebates are available for businesses located within the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District, including the Cities of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel, Carmel Valley, Del Rey Oaks, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Sand City and Seaside.
Requirements: Available for voluntary retrofits.
Website: montereywaterinfo.org
Contact: Stephanie Pintar
 
  (831) 658-5630



Palo Alto
Municipal Utility

Incentive: $4.00 per 100 cubic feet of first year water savings from Palo Alto and $4.00 from Santa Clara Valley Water District.
Standard Incentive Metric: $8.00 per 100 cubic feet of first year water savings.
Description: Program for retrofitting existing water use equipment is under the Water-Efficient Technologies Rebate Program.
Requirements: The project must save at least 100 cubic feet of water savings per year to qualify for incentive.
Website: cityofpaloalto.org
Contact: Catherine Elvert
 
  (650) 329-2417



San Francisco Public
Utilities Commission

Incentive: $0.50 per 100 cubic feet of total water savings over a ten-year period.
Standard Incentive Metric: $5.00 per 100 cubic feet of first year water savings.
Description: Program for retrofitting existing water use equipment is under the Commercial, Industrial, Institutional Financial Incentive Program.
Requirements: Rebate is up to 50% of project hardware cost (labor not included), limited to $75,000 per project. The project must save at least 200 cubic feet of water savings per year to qualify for incentive.
Website: sfwater.org
Contact: Kevin Galvin
 
  (415) 554-3260



Santa Clara Valley
Water District (SCWD)


Incentive: $4.00 per 100 cubic feet of first year water savings.
Description: Program for retrofitting existing water use equipment is under the Water-Efficient Technologies Rebate Program.
Requirements: The project must save at least 100 cubic feet of water savings per year to qualify for incentive.
Website: valleywater.org
Contact: Karen Morvay Koppett
 
 (408) 630-2707
  *100 cubic feet = one unit of water = 748 gallons