Smart Irrigation Controllers


Have A Device Installed for Free

You may qualify to have a WaterSense-certified irrigation controller installed free!

How Does it work?

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.

  • Weather-based controllers monitor weather conditions, like temperature and humidity. They determine how much water your landscape needs and adjust the watering schedule accordingly, ensuring your plants are healthy and beautiful.
  • Soil moisture sensors (SMS) measure how much water is already in the soil, and can be connected to most irrigation controllers. They will prevent an automatic irrigation system from watering if the soil is already wet enough.

Homeowners are pre-qualified based in part on the volume of water they use, and this is evaluated periodically. Therefore, pre-qualification can change year to year.

Residents must always adhere to local watering restrictions even if a smart irrigation controller is added to the sprinkler system.

What are the benefits?

  • WaterSense certified weather-based irrigation controllers take the guesswork out of how much water your plants need to thrive, and several models can also be controlled through an app on your smartphone. Soil moisture sensors will prevent your irrigation system from automatically watering when the soil is already wet enough, for example, if it recently rained.
  • Installation by trained professionals will help ensure optimal performance and water savings with your new device.
  • Reduce your monthly outdoor water use, typically up to 30%.
  • Water savings can lower your water bill.

General Requirements

  • Single family homes with over-watered landscapes, as identified by Tampa Bay Water Wise, are eligible to apply. You must be eligible in order to apply. Eligibility may change annually. Check your eligibility here.
  • You must be an existing potable water utility customer of the city of Tampa, city of St. Petersburg, city of New Port Richey, Pinellas County, Pasco County or Hillsborough County.
  • Single-family detached homes must be at least 2 years old with an automatic in-ground irrigation/sprinkler system installed which uses potable water.
  • Applicant agrees to Customer Agreement (see below)

Checking Your Sprinkler System

You can ensure your sprinkler system is in good working order yourself, or receive assistance from a Florida Friendly Landscaping agent. Any major issues identified need to be fixed before our contractor installs the device.

Getting Your Device Installed

Once your sprinkler system is in good, working condition, contact our contractor Eco-Land Design to have the device installed. You can choose the Rainbird SMRT-Y soil moisture sensor, OR choose an weather-based controller — either the Hunter Pro-C (with wired or wireless Solar Sync ET Sensor) or the Rachio internet based controller. Call (813)466-8705 or email You must be present when the contractor installs the smart irrigation controller, and provide the Sprinkler System Evaluation form. You will also need to sign the General Release Form, which will be provided to you during the visit.

The devices you can choose from for the free install option are:
Soil Moisture Sensor: • A Rainbird SMRT-Y soil moisture sensor; or
Weather-Based (ET) Controller: • Hunter Pro-C (with wired or wireless Solar Sync ET Sensor); or
• Rachio internet-based controller (can be controlled through an app on a smartphone)

Documentation Requirements

  • Sprinkler System Evaluation – This form must be completed and given to the installing contractor. This evaluation form can be completed by the customer or by a Florida Friendly Landscaping™ agent in your county.
  • General Release form – this form needs to be signed by the customer and given to the installing contractor.

Customer Agreement

  • Applicant must be an existing potable water utility customer of the city of Tampa, city of St. Petersburg, city of New Port Richey, Pinellas County, Pasco County or Hillsborough County.
  • Tampa Bay Water Wise reserves the right to verify the purchase and installation of the devices. Evaluations of the installation shall be allowed by the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ program specialist in each county. If they are unable to conduct a scheduled evaluation visit to verify purchase and/or installation, the rebate check may not be issued.
  • Applicant must allow Tampa Bay Water Wise or the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ specialist access to review the completed installation for up to two (2) years after a rebate check has been paid in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.
  • Tampa Bay Water Wise reserves the right to inspect all submissions to determine eligibility. Fraudulent requests for rebates or duplicate submissions will be denied. Any paid rebates will be subject to repayment to Tampa Bay Water Wise if fraudulent activity is determined.
  • Rebate(s) will be issued as a check made payable to the account holder or homeowner. Checks will not be issued to third parties or contractors, unless designated by the homeowner with a general release form here.
  • Applications submitted with missing or incomplete information will be subject to processing delays and/or denial of the rebate request.
  • In order to receive a rebate, applicants must fulfill application requirements, meet rebate criteria, and accept the customer agreement.
  • Rebates are offered on new products only. Used or refurbished items are not eligible for a rebate.
  • Unless explicitly stated, all products must be owned by the customer. Rented or leased products are not eligible for a rebate.
  • New construction projects are not eligible.
  • Purchases must be made on or after March 1, 2020, with applications submitted within 1 year of purchase.

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