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Rebates for businesses

It pays for businesses to upgrade to water-efficient fixtures and devices, as well as water-smart landscaping. Take advantage of our rebates and receive a healthy return on investment for your business through water savings.

Water Smart Landscapes rebate for business, HOA, and multifamily properties

Take advantage of the Water Smart Landscapes rebate to convert water-thirsty grass to desert landscaping and receive:

  • $3 per square foot of grass removed up to the first 10,000 square feet per site, per year
  • $1.50 per square foot of grass removed beyond the first 10,000 square feet
  • $500,000 is the maximum award for any property in a fiscal year

Smart business owners will quickly realize that converting to a water-smart landscape makes good business sense. A savings of 825,000 gallons of water per year is projected for the average 15,000 square-foot conversion to water-smart landscaping.

What you'll save:

  • Reduced repair costs for water damage related to sprinklers
  • Reduced pests and pest-control costs
  • Lower cost for the replacement of aging and/or damaged turf and sprinkler parts
  • Decreased risk of water waste fees
  • Increased opportunities for risk management and reduction in liability

What you'll spend:

  • Project design fees
  • Permit costs
  • Cost to remove existing landscape elements that will not be a part of your new design
  • Project installation, including plants. irrigation, hardscapes and other elements

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If you have questions, or do not have access to a printer, contact Hillery Francis at 702-691-5201 for multifamily and HOA properties, or Summer Ortiz at 702-862-3736 for commercial and industrial properties.

Water Efficient Technologies program

The Water Efficient Technologies (WET) program offers financial incentives to commercial and multifamily property owners who install water-efficient devices and technologies.

Since 2001, participating businesses in the WET program have saved more than 14 billion gallons of water through the Water Efficient Technologies program.

How it works

You can choose from a menu of pre-approved water-saving technologies with predictable savings and a defined monetary incentive, including:

  • High-efficiency toilet retrofits
  • Efficient showerhead retrofits
  • Waterless and high-efficiency urinal retrofits
  • Converting a sports field from grass to an artificial surface
  • Retrofitting standard cooling towers with qualifying, high-efficiency drift elimination technologies

Consumptive-use technologies earn a one-time payment of $45 per 1,000 gallons conserved annually or up to 50 percent of the product purchase price (excluding labor and installation), whichever is less.

Nonconsumptive-use technologies earn a one-time payment of $15 per 1,000 gallons conserved annually or up to 50 percent of the product purchase price (excluding labor and installation), whichever is less.

Need something a little different? We’ll also work with you to implement custom technology that meets your business needs, then qualify for a performance-based monetary incentive.

The Water Authority reserves the right to qualify or exclude any proposed technology. See the program conditions for more information.

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WET program custom technologies

The Water Efficient Technologies (WET) program provides financial incentives for capital expenditures when businesses retrofit existing equipment with more water-efficient technologies.

Custom technology requirements

  • Achieve annual water savings of at least 100,000 gallons.
  • Rebated projects must be maintained for at least 10 years, but reasonable exceptions are made for further improvements that don't compromise water efficiency.
  • If your business has multiple properties, you may be able to reach that 100,000-gallon qualifying threshold faster: you can pool savings across multiple locations.
  • You choose from the new savings "menu" of SNWA-approved, standard technologies.

Consumptive-Use Technologies

Consumptive-use technologies are those innovations that conserve water that is not returned to the sanitary sewer (most outdoor-use water). Reducing consumptive-use water extends Southern Nevada's water resources, so SNWA places a premium value on such conservation.

Nonconsumptive-Use Technologies

Nonconsumptive-use innovations (most indoor-use water) conserve water returned to the sanitary sewer, so it does not have a net resource impact to Southern Nevada. SNWA encourages conservation of nonconsumptive-use water to save the community power and infrastructure costs and because it is environmentally responsible.

WET pre-approved technologies menu

All the items listed below have been accepted by the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) as water-efficient products that qualify for the Water Efficient Technologies (WET) program. SNWA recognizes that the actual water savings may vary with each individual product, installation configuration and end user.

SNWA has determined that because some technologies produce sufficiently reliable savings estimates, individual performance testing may not be deemed necessary. For such technologies, the incentive (at SNWA's discretion) may be calculated using the established menu table below. The payment will equal the listed maximum incentive amount or 50 percent of the real product costs (excluding labor), whichever is less.

Incentive levels vary based on location of captured water savings (i.e., outdoor, indoor or reuse) as well as the estimated annual savings and minimum project size. SNWA reserves total and final authority in determining the potential water savings for each type of technology and the costs of the technologies that are eligible for rebate.

Food-serving establishment? Check out our Commercial Kitchen Retrofits.

Please call (702) 862-3736 or contact us via email if you have questions about incentives and how they are paid.

Menu of pre-approved technologies
Project type Minimum project size Maximum incentive ($ per unit)*
High Efficiency Toilets (HETs) with an average flush volume of no more than 1.28 gpf, tested to flush at least 350 grams, and must be WaterSense models. 58 fixtures
  • 50 percent of the real product costs (excluding labor)
  • Or $50 per fixture, whichever is less
  • Original and retrofit installations for HETs are rebated at the same levels
High Efficiency Urinals with an average flush volume of no more than 0.5 gpf, and must be WaterSense models. 5 fixtures
  • 50 percent of the real product costs (excluding labor)
  • Or $325 per fixture retrofit ($150 per fixture on original installations), whichever is less
Waterless urinals 3 fixtures
  • 50 percent of the real product costs (excluding labor)
  • Or $675 per fixture retrofit ($325 per fixture on original installations), whichever is less
Showerhead models incorporate an integrated, non-removal flow restrictor with a maximum flow rate no more than 2.0 gallons per minute at 80 PSI. Must be WaterSense models. A sufficient combination of retrofit rooms and flow reduction to conserve 100,000 gallons annually
  • 50 percent of the real product costs (excluding labor)
  • Or $50 per fixture ($25 per fixture for original installations), whichever is less
Conversion of existing turf sporting surfaces to alternative sporting surfaces for sports fields and play surfaces. 1,370 square feet minimum converted per facility
  • 50 percent of the real product costs (excluding labor)
  • Or $3.30 per square foot, whichever is less
Retrofit water-cooled air conditioning to conventional air conditioning. 5 tons capacity retrofit (may pool savings across multiple facilities)
  • 50 percent of the real product costs (excluding labor)
  • Or $950 per ton capacity, whichever is less
Retrofit standard cooling tower drift reducers to high efficiency drift elimination technologies (with drift of no more than 0.005 percent of tower flow rate). A cooling tower can only qualify once for this rebate. 200 tons capacity retrofit (may pool across multiple facilities)
  • 50 percent of the real product costs (excluding labor)
  • Or $22.50 per ton capacity, whichever is less
Retrofit standard cooling tower control with a control system that includes a demonstrated history of water savings from past projects performed under SNWA's Water Efficient Technologies Program Performance Track 14 tons capacity retrofit (may pool across multiple facilities)
  • 50 percent of the real product costs (excluding labor) or $150 for every ton capacity retrofit, whichever is less
Retrofit water-cooled ice makers on single-pass or open loop systems to air-cooled Energy Star models.* 223 pounds per day capacity retrofit
  • 50 percent of the real product costs (excluding labor)
  • Or $6.75 per pound per day capacity, whichever is less
Convert commercial washer-extractors to tunnel washer system(s) 200,000 pounds per year processed through retrofit machines
  • 50 percent of the real product costs (excluding labor)
  • Or $75 for every 10,000 pounds processed through retrofit machine(s) per year, whichever is less
Convert conventional washing machines to Energy Star washing machines in the multifamily sector where individual washers serve multiple residences/apartments (ex: coin-op, basement laundry room, etc.) 5 machines replaced
  • 50 percent of the real product costs (excluding labor)
  • Or $325 per machine replaced, whichever is less
Convert conventional commercial Laundromat washing machines to Energy Star commercial washing machines 3 machines replaced
  • 50 percent of the real product costs (excluding labor)
  • Or $550 per machine replaced, whichever is less
*Additional configurations may qualify, please consult with an SNWA representative.
Commercial kitchens retrofits
Project type Minimum project size Maximum incentive ($ per unit)*
High Efficiency steamers (steam cookers) and/or combination ovens such as Energy Star qualified models. 3 total compartments/pans (may be across multiple machines)
  • 50 percent of the real product costs (excluding labor)
  • Or $425 per pan, whichever is less
Retrofit water-cooled ice makers on single-pass or open loop systems to air-cooled Energy Star models.* 223 pounds per day capacity retrofit
  • 50 percent of the real product costs (excluding labor)
  • Or $6.75 per pound per day capacity, whichever is less
Retrofit at least five-year old high capacity conveyor or flight-type dishwashers to modern high efficiency designs. 1 machine
  • 50 percent of the real product costs (excluding labor)
  • Or $10,875 per machine, whichever is less
For new, original installations, install an Energy Star qualified high-capacity conveyor or flight-type dishwasher.
1 machine
  • 50 percent of the real product costs (excluding labor)
  • Or $1,525 per machine, whichever is less
Retrofit kitchen cooling from evaporative water-cooled building heat exchange (i.e. cooling tower, evaporative cooler, swamp cooler, refrigeration rooms/freezers, etc.) to conventional non-water evaporative air conditioning systems 5 tons capacity
  • 50 percent of the real product costs (excluding labor)
  • Or $950 for every ton capacity retrofit, whichever is less
*Additional configurations may qualify, please consult with an SNWA representative.

WET program conditions

Pre-conversion eligibility

  • The applicant must be the property owner or the property owner's agent.
  • The project must conserve water from a service account(s) in good standing with a member agency of the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA).
  • SNWA must deem the project to be within the scope of an existing, on-going business or manufacturing process. It cannot be a change in the business type or product type.

Technical requirements

  • Only capital improvements determined by SNWA to conserve at least one hundred thousand (100,000) gallons per year qualify.
  • The project must be sustained for a minimum of 10 (ten) calendar years, or transfer of property title, whichever comes first. In the event the equipment requires replacement prior to the 10 year contract requirement, it must be replaced with equipment of equal or greater water efficiency.
  • If a project qualifies for other SNWA incentive programs, SNWA may reject the application and instead require the applicant to enroll in another alternative program.

Calculation of water savings and rebates

  • SNWA has total and final authority in determining the potential water savings for each type of technology and the costs of that technology that are eligible for rebate. If water efficiency of a replacement device is subject to a regulatory code or standard, only the water savings exceeding the code or standard will be considered in the rebate calculation. Water savings calculations will not include water use attributable to degradation, malfunction or other defects of existing equipment.
  • Menu item applications: A menu of qualifying technologies and their incentive values is available from SNWA. The payment will equal the listed maximum incentive amount, or 50 percent of the product purchase price (labor, tax, shipping and other related costs will not qualify as part of the product purchase price) whichever is less. For select menu items, the SNWA may provide an incentive for installations in new buildings at a reduced incentive level. Products that may qualify for incentive as an initial installation are identified on the menu with an associated incentive level.
  • Performance applications: For items not listed on the pre-approved technologies menu, SNWA will review applications on a case-by-case basis. The SNWA reserves the right to determine conservation savings following a six-month performance review. This program pays up to $45 per 1,000 gallons of reduction in annual consumptive water use and $15 per 1,000 gallons annual reduction in uses where the conserved water is normally returned to the sanitary sewer. In any case, payment will not exceed 50 percent of the product purchase price of the equipment (labor, tax, shipping and other related costs will not qualify as part of the product purchase price). SNWA may, at its sole discretion, agree by letter to provide an incentive for original installations at a reduced incentive level.
  • HET/Builder Program: SNWA will determine the minimum number of required fixtures to be installed, based on the menu of qualifying technologies. The incentive payment will be a rate set by SNWA, not to exceed 50 percent of the total product cost.

Terms of incentive rebate

  • Participation is conditional upon acceptance of the project by SNWA.
  • Applications will be accepted or rejected in writing. Letters of approval may specify additional terms and requirements, which will become part of this agreement.
  • SNWA reserves the right to limit or reject applications subject to availability of funds.
  • Each property or project is limited to $100,000 in approved payments per SNWA fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). This limit is aggregate for all program tracks.
  • This agreement expires in one calendar year. The term begins the day after the applicant’s receipt of the letter of acceptance and ends at 5 p.m. on the first business day after one calendar year have elapsed. The applicant must notify SNWA of completion prior to expiration of the agreement.
  • Upon project completion, SNWA will conduct a final inspection to verify compliance with the program conditions. If the property fails inspection, the applicant will be allowed 60 days or the remainder of the one-year period, whichever is greater, to fully comply with the program conditions.

Other responsibilities of the applicant

  • SNWA enforces only the conditions of this agreement. The applicant is responsible for complying with all laws, policies, codes and covenants that may apply. Rebates may be considered taxable income; therefore, the customer must provide a current W-9 form prior to receiving the rebate.
  • The customer is responsible for submitting calculated water savings information in electronic format.
  • The customer is responsible for any on-site water sampling needed to verify calculations.

Smart irrigation controller rebate

Get smart about your irrigation system and start saving more water by:

  • Replacing an existing controller with a smart controller, earning $40 per active valve or 50 percent off the MSRP, whichever is less.
  • Installing a smart irrigation controller at a property that is a new development, earning $20 per active valve or 25 percent off the MSRP, whichever is less.

Smart irrigation controllers automatically adjust your watering schedules for optimum landscape health according to the weather.

To participate, call Hillery Francis at 702-691-5201 to schedule a pre-conversion site review with our staff before you purchase, replace, or modify your irrigation control system.