WHY USE A WATERSENSE CONTROLLER?
WaterSense controllers react to conditions throughout the irrigation season to adjust for water usage. The controller uses local weather conditions and landscape information to tailor watering schedules to the actual conditions on-site. WaterSense labeled controllers allow watering schedules to match plant water needs. If weather conditions permit, the controller with skip entire watering days, or zones that have vegetation that does not need as much water automatically. A water sense controller may accomplish this in several ways: via a weather monitoring device directly attached to the controller, or using readily available weather data that is available from the internet. Typically smart controllers connect to the internet via a Wi-Fi signal in the home and monitor temperature, relative humidity, wind speed, and rainfall conditions. It uses this data to develop an evapotranspiration calculation which tells the controller how much water is needed to keep the plant alive.
Controllers that meet the WaterSense Certification are labeled with the WaterSense seal on the packaging. Additionally, the EPA keeps a list of certified controllers on their website.
- Applications accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Confirm funding availability from the Water Utility prior to application.
- The applicant must receive water from the City of Garden City Water Utility and reside within the corporate limits of Garden City.
- The applicant must be a residential water customer.
- The rebate amount is limited to $150.00 or the cost of the smart controller, whichever is less. The rebate is for the cost of the actual device and excludes sales tax, shipping, installation labor, subscription fees, or other charges.
- Rebates are awarded on a one-time basis per service address.
- Eligible rebates are for certified Water Sense labeled controllers only. A current list of models with this certification may be reviewed at https://lookforwatersense.epa.gov/Product-Search-Results-IrrigationController.html
- The rebate does not apply to the purchased of used or second-hand controllers.
- The applicant must provide a legible copy of the dated itemized receipt for the controller after January 1, 2020, a copy of their most recent water bill, and photos of the new controller installed.
- City staff reserves the right to inspect and confirm the installation of the smart controller before issuing the rebate and to conduct a site visit to confirm that the smart irrigation controller is in use.
- The customer must have a utility account in good standing with no balance in arrears.
- Applications will be accepted up to 6 months after purchase date.
- Third-party website purchases (eBay, Amazon, etc) for qualifying products are eligible for rebate funds, provided that the product purchased can be verified as new and in its original packaging at the time of purchase and must be submitted with a receipt, invoice, packing slip confirming the item as new.
- Rebate Processing. The City will issue a rebate check to the customer after the application has been approved. Processing of rebates are dependent on the processing date and the schedule of the Service and Finance Department. We estimate that rebates should be available within 60 days of application.