Pressure Reducing Valves
Up to $50. The rebate amount cannot exceed the purchase price of the pressure reducing valve. Sales tax and labor are not included.
If you have a home or business in an area with high static water pressure (i.e. 80 pounds per square inch or greater), you can save water and energy, and reduce wear on and help prevent damage to your pipes, fixtures, and appliances by installing a pressure reducing valve (PRV). Receive a rebate of up to $50 when you hire a licensed plumber to install a PRV on your service line. Installed after the water meter at a home or commercial building, a pressure-reducing valve automatically reduces the pressure from the water supply main to a pre-set level (i.e. generally 60 to 65 pounds per square inch (psi)) that is more suitable for efficient operation of irrigation systems, fixtures and appliances.
Water Savings & Energy Costs
More water flows through pipes and fixtures at higher pressures, leading to water waste and increased energy needs. By simply reducing water pressure from 85 psi to 65 psi, the average home or business could possibly reduce water consumption by about 10%. Available literature suggests that PRVs can reduce energy/water heating costs by about 30%.
PRVs vary in price depending upon the size or diameter of the service line and the type of connection or union (i.e. threaded or non-threaded requiring a sweat or soldered connection). Prices range from $60 to $150 for most PRVs used in residential applications. PRVs for commercial applications with larger service lines will be higher. The total costs (i.e. parts and labor) for average residential service lines range from $250 to $500. If you are considering installing a PRV, we recommend that you obtain at least three quotes from licensed plumbers.
If you need assistance determining whether you have water pressure in excess of 80 psi or need additional information on our PRV rebate, please call our Conservation Department at 831-475-8500.
Pressure Reducing Valve Rebate Eligibility
Complete rebate eligibility requirements are listed on the Pressure Reducing Valve Rebate Application (PDF). However, we still want you to be aware of the following:
- Customers should consult with a licensed plumber to confirm static water pressure of 80 pounds per square inch or greater, or call the District Conservation Department at 831-475-8500.
- The PRV must be certified as Lead-Free in accordance with California State law.
- The PRV must be installed by a licensed plumber.
- The PRV must be set to a maximum of 65 psi and a minimum of 35 psi. Within this range, the customer can decide what setting best meets their needs.
- Rebate applies to the pressure reducing valve only. Parts, sales tax, and labor are not included.
- Pressure reducing valves must be installed and rebate applications must be postmarked within 90 days of the purchase date.
- The maximum number of pressure-reducing valve rebates is one per service connection.
- A representative of Soquel Creek Water District (SqCWD) must be permitted to inspect the property to verify installation and proper construction.
- The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires all rebate program participants receiving $600 or more per calendar year in rebates to be issued an IRS Form 1099 unless exemptions apply. If you have received rebates from SqCWD totaling $600 or more in the current calendar year, you must submit a completed IRS W-9 Form (PDF) with your rebate application to receive a rebate. The Social Security or Tax ID number requested in the rebate application process is in compliance with exemptions to the Federal Privacy Act of 1974, 42 UCS 405 (c)(2)(c). Social Security numbers provided as part of the application process are held in confidence under terms of the Privacy Act and are not divulged or otherwise conveyed to individuals or organizations outside the SqCWD Rebate Program.