It’s easy to save more water — and money — with a WaterSense certified smart irrigation controller or a soil moisture sensor. You can choose to have a device installed for free, or select your own device and contractor to get a $250 rebate.
Smart irrigation controllers can keep your landscape lush while providing the optimal amount of water for your plants. Watering at the appropriate levels saves valuable drinking water and helps prevent lawn-destroying fungus and disease.
Homeowners are eligible based in part on the volume of water they use, and this is evaluated periodically. Therefore, eligibility can change year to year.
Toilets account for roughly 30% of a home’s indoor water use, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ET Controllers: Eligible ET controllers must be a WaterSense labeled model. The list of EPA WaterSense models is available online at https://www.epa.gov/watersense/product-search. Rebates are up to $125, or the cost of the model, whichever is lower.
The following 4 models are eligible for rebates. The rebate amount is flat (fixed) and calculated based on each soil moisture sensor’s manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP).
Soil Moisture Sensors Qualified Products
|Brand||Model #||MSRP||Rebate (Flat)|
|Toro||PSS (Sensor + Probe)||$ 210.00||$95.00|
|PSS (Probe Only)||$ 96.80||$44.00|
|Baseline||WaterTec S100||$ 275.00||$125.00|
While any licensed contractors may install a smart controller in accordance with our program rules, “Approved Contractors” can be listed on our website by attending a training session with the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). These one day courses (or virtual training sessions) are designed to educate contractors about best practices in the installation of evapotranspiration (ET) and soil moisture sensor (SMS) controllers. Attendance by one employee will make your company approved to participate in the rebate program. Any other employees who install the device in association with the rebate must be trained by the employee who attended. The procedures for site evaluation and controller installation are available in this document: Recommendations for Optimizing Use of Smart Irrigation Controllers (UF IFAS). When available, upcoming training opportunities will be listed on this website as well as on the Florida Irrigation Society’s (FIS) website http://www.fisstate.org/. You can also join the FIS email list to receive notices about these upcoming training opportunities and other events.
The SMS and ET rebate is based on two costs: the cost of the product, and the cost of the labor. A total rebate of up to $125 is offered for each, up to a maximum rebate possible of $250. The reimbursable product cost is for anything included in the product packaging, and does not include costs for additional materials, hardware or other supplies. The reimbursable labor costs include all labor associated with the proper installation of the smart controller as required by the program including site evaluation, product installation, and any other associated labor costs.