Water Rebate Programs

Water Rebate Programs

Rainwater Harvesting Rebate

Rainwater harvesting not only conserves water, but it’s also a great way to reduce stormwater runoff, thus reducing pollution of our rivers and streams.  A rainwater harvesting system can be as simple as a rain barrel with a hose-bib or may consist of multiple large tanks with pumping and filtration systems. Rainwater is typically used for landscape irrigation, but can also be used for filling swimming pools, washing cars, or even for flushing toilets and washing clothes. This program provides rebates for the purchase and installation of both small and large rainwater systems and is applicable to new finished rainwater barrels or tanks and associated components such as first-flush diverters, primary filtrations systems and pumps.  

The program is open to SMTX Utility customers with an account in good standing. Pre-approval may be required in order to qualify for the rebate. For more information, download the program flyer and application and the San Marcos Rainwater Guidelines. If you have questions, please email Jan De La Cruz.  

Rainwater harvestingRainwater Harvesting System Components


Soil Saver Rebate

Healthy soils mean healthy plants, and healthy plants require less water and are better able to withstand stressors such as drought. One of the best ways to build healthy soil on existing lawn areas is to aerate and top-dress with compost. Core aeration removes compacted soil and thatch, and compost functions as a natural fertilizer. Mulch helps to build healthy soils around trees and in landscape bed areas by insulating soil and roots, reducing water losses from evaporation, and adding nutrients as it decomposes. This program provides rebates for core aeration of lawn areas, top-dressing lawn areas with compost, and using mulch on beds, gardens, and trees. 

The rebate is open to existing single-family residential SMTX Utility customers with an account in good standing. For more information, download the program flyer and application. If you have questions, please email Jan De La Cruz.

aeratorSoil Saver


Irrigation System Upgrade Rebate

Landscape irrigation can account for well over half of the water used in a typical home, especially if you have an automatic irrigation system. The City of San Marcos now offers rebates for upgrades that improve the efficiency of your system and reduce water use, such as professional irrigation system check-ups, adding pressure control, installing multi-stream low volume heads, converting spray zones to drip irrigation, and removing irrigation zones.

Program is open to existing single-family residential SMTX Utility customers with an account in good standing. Pre-approval is required in order to qualify for the rebate. For more information, download the program flyer and application. If you have questions, please email Jan De La Cruz.  

Irrigation SystemIrrigation System

Irrigation System