New Water Quality Incentives Pilot Program

Get paid to make your property more sustainable and improve local water quality!

Environmental Incentives, with the support of the County of San Diego, is offering a limited number of rebates to residents of the Unincorporated Areas of San Diego County to make improvements on their property to prepare for the drought and reduce the stormwater and irrigation runoff during rainy and dry weather that can pollute our streams and beaches.

We are offering 3 different rebates at this time and have a limited number available for this pilot project. Please fill out the interest form below and we will reach out to you. To learn more about each rebate, read the descriptions below. If you have any questions, please send Eleonore an email at [email protected]

    Please fill out the form below to select your incentive program.


    Select Water Quality Improvement of interest. You can find a quick description of each improvement below.*

    Rainwater Harvesting

    Rainwater harvesting involves capturing the rainwater that falls and runs off your roof. The rebate gives you the choice to capture rainwater via a container, such as a rain barrel or a cistern, or capture the rainwater directly into your landscape and having it nourish your soil, such as via a rain or a rock garden.

    To be eligible to capture rainwater through this rebate, the rainwater runoff from your roof must currently enter the storm drain system via a downspout or rain chain directly connected to an inlet in the ground, or via a downspout or rain chain that empties out onto a paved area and ends up in the street. If you do not have gutters, please talk to the program about a potential rebate to cover the installation of gutters.

    Benefits of Rainwater Harvesting:

    • Save water
    • Improve your landscape
    • Keep pollutants out of local waterways, keeping them clean and safe for recreation and wildlife.
    • Create a sustainable outdoor space that aligns with your values and is part of the solution.

    The program offers between $0.5 to $2 per gallon stored within your rain garden or cistern. For a regular rain garden that is 100 sqft, that is around $1,000. 

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    Sustainable Edgescaping

    To install a sustainable edgescaping, remove turf grass at the edge of a grassy area that is next to pavement and replace it with sustainable landscaping to create a space between the rest of your lawn and paved areas. The rebate will cover grass up to 10 feet next to a paved area.

    Benefits of a sustainable edgescaping:

    • Stop overirrigation from broken or leaking sprinklers from entering the street and transporting pollutants to the storm drain system.
    • Save water and reduce costs when water rates rise
    • Replace grass with beautiful landscaping
    • Avoid fines for overwatering

    To be eligible, you should have a grassy area next to a paved area. This might include a sidewalk or driveway, patio area, or parking lot. The rebate is $6/sqft of turf removed, up to $2,000. 

    Sustainable Landscape Buffer Strip

    Permeable Pavement

    Installing permeable pavement involves removing existing concrete or pavement on your driveway or other paved area and replacing it with permeable interlocking pavers or other pervious surfaces to allow stormwater to soak into the underlying ground.

    Benefits of Permeable Pavement:

    • Keep pollutants out of local waterways, keeping them clean and safe for recreation and wildlife.
    • Create a sustainable outdoor space that aligns with your values and is part of the solution.
    • Improve property values
    Permeable Pavement

    The program is under construction but offers up to $7/sqft of pavement converted, up to $3,500.