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Water Efficient Equipment Rebate Program

Rebates to California Agencies, Schools, Hospitals,
and Businesses for Water-Conserving Installations

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San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) - San Francisco Water Power Sewer

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Rebates to California non-residential water customers, including government agencies, schools, hospitals, landlords, businesses, and developers in eligible locations for improving water efficiency equipment. The rebate program is intended to reduce the use of potable water with the replacement or upgrade of existing onsite indoor water-using equipment. Eligible applicants are located in San Francisco.

Projects must achieve a water savings of 200 ccf (149,000 gallons)or more a year to qualify. 

Two types of equipment retrofit projects are considered:

  1. Fixed Water Savings Retrofit Projects, consisting of standardized equipment with predictable water savings project. Eligible Fixed Water Savings Retrofit Projects include: 
    • Medical Equipment Steam Sterilizers
    • Cooling Tower pH Controllers
    • Water Efficient Ice Machines
    • Commercial Laundry Retrofits
    • Connectionless Food Steamers
    • Dry Vacuum Pumps
  2. Custom Retrofit Projects, consisting of unique or site specific equipment retrofits that result in project-specific savings. They include any water savings equipment retrofit not mentioned in the Fixed Water Savings Equipment Projects list above that results in a minimum of 200 ccf of annual potable water savings and meet the program requirements. Custom Retrofit Projects are approved on a case- by- case basis and require metering 60 days pre equipment installation and 60 days post equipment installation to verify equipment retrofit savings.

Budget Items Eligible for Funding

  • Direct project equipment costs paid in order to implement approved equipment retrofits.
  • Invoices from suppliers must be sufficiently itemized to identify project equipment cost from other labor or miscellaneous costs.
  • Costs associated with labor, shipping, tax, and maintenance are not eligible for grant funds.
  • If project metering is required, the cost associated with the purchase of a meter for the project may also be reimbursable by grant funds. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165101

Estimated Size of Grant:

Qualifying projects will receive a rebate funding of $1.00 per ccf over a 10-year lifespan up to 50% of the project’s equipment costs.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant funds are available to any institutional, industrial or commercial user who receives a water bill directly from SFPUC for their own water use, and not for resale (Retail Customer). Applicants may include city departments, hospitals, schools, developers, landlords, and businesses that receive a water bill directly from the SFPUC.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for the current fiscal year 2020-2021 applications is May 1, 2021.

Grant funding is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Completed applications should be emailed to

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San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Water Resources Division
Attn: Water Efficient Equipment Retrofit Grant Program
525 Golden Gate Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 551-4730

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