Rebates and programs
The City encourages water conservation. We have enough water to serve our customers through 2043; however, if we all conserve, our water supply can last past 2050.
During the summer, more than 75 percent of our treated water is used for lawn irrigation.
Most people water their lawns too much. Deep and infrequent watering results in healthy root growth for your lawn. For most households, the single biggest step you can take is to program your irrigation system correctly. The City’s precipitation rate table can help you determine how much water your lawn actually needs. Click here to see your watering schedule.
If you need help adjusting your controller, contact Customer Care at (512) 930-3640 or email@example.com.
Conservation Rebates and Programs
Monitoring and managing your water use can help prevent surprises on your bill. The City has free programs, such as Aqua Alerts and GUARD, and rebates to help you track and reduce how much water you use.
Aqua Alerts sends you an automatic message when you use a certain amount of water during the month. You select when you want to be notified. For instance, if you set an alert for 10,000 gallons of water, you will receive an email when you reach that amount each month. Click here to sign-up.
Georgetown Utility Analysis and Reporting Doorway, or GUARD, allows you to track your water and electric use daily. It can help you understand how conserving water and electricity can lower your bill. Click here for an instructional video. Click here to register.
Irrigation Efficiency Upgrade Rebates
We offer three rebates for upgrading your irrigation system’s efficiency. These upgrades can be completed yourself or by a licensed irrigator. These rebates include:
• Spray-to-drip whole-zone conversion
• Multi-stream nozzle whole-zone conversion
• Smart controller replacement- replace your existing controller with a Wi-Fi enabled, weather-based controller
Each rebate has a maximum value of $150. Not all homeowners will qualify for the full amount. For information on how to receive one or all of the rebates, click here.
Irrigation Check-up Rebate
Improperly set irrigation systems waste water which leads to high bills. If you have an underground irrigation system, the City offers a $75 rebate to help offset the cost of having your irrigation controller inspected by a licensed irrigator and set to our recommended specifications. You will also learn how to maintain those settings.
Knowing how to set your irrigation controller and turn it off during rainy seasons will save you money. Licensed irrigators are certified by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. To find a licensed irrigator in your area, click here.
Rebates are processed on a first-come, first-served basis while funding is available. Processing can take up to a month, and the rebate will appear as a credit on your water bill. Incomplete rebate forms will not be processed and will be returned. Irrigation check-up rebates are limited to one per customer per fiscal year (Oct. 1-Sept. 30). To apply for the rebate, click here.
Rain Barrel Rebate
Rainwater harvesting is a great way to augment limited water supplies and is perfect for landscape irrigation. Rainwater harvesting can help you reduce your utility bill.
Residential water customers may apply for a $25 rebate for the purchase and installation of a new rain barrel once per fiscal year (Oct. 1-Sept. 30). To apply for the rebate, click here.
Xeriscaping is the process of landscaping that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation. Xeriscapes can reduce water by 60 percent or more compared to regular lawn landscapes. For customers with an irrigation system, we are offering a Xeriscape Conversion Rebate Program. The rebate covers the cost of conversion up to $600. This includes purchasing the materials for do-it-yourselfers or having a contractor provide the materials and do the work for you.