7 Valley cities offering summer water rebates to conserve water

Posted at 5:45 AM, May 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-08 08:45:21-04

The hottest months of the year also bring the highest water bills of the year, but seven valley cities are trying to cut you a break. 

The Arizona Municipal Water Users Association says simple changes could earn you cash back. One of the easiest ways is to replace your grass with desert-adapted landscaping. Not just cactus or succulents either -- there are more than 200 low-water-use plants and trees, or you could re-do an area entirely. 

"Things that will provide shade and beauty and green, it can be very lush with low water use, that's what we can replace the turf with. Or you can consider a really cool area for sitting and that kind of thing," said Elisa Klein with the City of Scottsdale. 

Avondale, Chandler, Glendale, Mesa, Peoria, Scottsdale and Tempe all offer rebates for changing your landscaping ranging from $200 to $1,500. 

You can also get a rebate if you install automated irrigation controllers, particularly weather-based controllers. They adjust your sprinkler flow based on weather data, plant type, and soil conditions so you avoid costly mistakes. Avondale, Chandler, Peoria and Scottsdale have those rebates available which typically cover the cost of the equipment. 

Each city has its own requirements and a different amount of funding available which can run out quickly so contact the city right away to learn more about your options. 

View a full breakdown of available rebates here.