Did you know poor irrigation scheduling, leaks, and outdated irrigation systems are the primary source of wasted water and money on our landscapes? Let’s change that.
Efficient irrigation and choosing plants best suited for Big Sky’s climate are the keys to a Water Wise Landscape. The Gallatin River Task Force provides rebates and resources to help community members make water conservation a priority for landscapes at home and at work. Use the table below to determine eligibility for rebates. Products, services, and landscape changes must be complete and operational before submitting a rebate application.
Big Sky residents can receive rebates through the Outdoor Rebate Program. By installing weather-based smart controllers, rain sensors, sprinkler heads and nozzles, and performing spring outdoor audits/system checkups, you can save water and money.
Outdoor audits/system checkups may be done by a certified irrigation technician (receives rebate) or by following a self-guided checklist. All products must be installed after July 1, 2016, to qualify. Applications will be processed on a first come, first serve basis, subject to funding availability.
Outdoor Rebate Program: Rebates Offered
|Rebate||Rebate Amount||Max Rebate Amount (per installation address)||Qualifications|
|Irrigation Audit||Residential: $100|
|Residential: 1 audit every 5 years|
Commercial: 1 audit every 5 years
|Include Irrigation Audit Form signed by a landscape professional|
|Weather-Based Smart Controller||Retrofit: $250|
New build: $150
|Residential: 1 per installation address|
Commercial: 3 per installation address
|Rain Sensor||50% off retailed price up to $50 value|
New Build: $30
|Residential: $50 retrofit; $30 new build|
Commercial: $100 retrofit; $30 new build
|Compatible with previously installed irrigation controller (controller does not have to be WaterSense)|
|Sprinkler Spray Bodies||Retrofit/New Build: $1 per sprinkler body||Residential: $200|
|1. EPA WaterSense
2. Purchase a minimum of 5
|MSMT/Rotary Nozzles||Retrofit: $5 per nozzle|
New Build: $3 per nozzle
|1. Purchase a minimum of 5
2. Must be one of the following models:
Hunter MP Rotator Series
Rain Bird R-VAN Series
Toro (H2O Chip)
|Drip Irrigation||Retrofit/New Build: 50% of purchase||Residential: $350|
|1. Qualifying equipment includes: drip or in-line tubing, drip zone control valve, pressure regulator and filter, emitters, connector fittings.
2. Include model #s and receipts for each part.
3. Submit photos of installed and operational equipment.
|Turf Conversion||Retrofit/New Build: 50% of purchase||Residential: Up to $500 at one time, $1,500 over lifetime|
Commercial: Up to $1,000 at one time, up to $3,000 over lifetime
|1. Must convert a minimum of 200 square feet.
2. The area must be replaced with one of or a combination of: native vegetation such as grasses, flowers, shrubs, and trees,permeable hard-surface such as cobblestone.
3. Submit before and after photos of area converted.
|Water-Wise Plants||Retrofit/New Build: 50% of purchase||Residential: $200|
|1. Application must include the Plant Shopping List signed by a nursery employee
2. Plants must be purchased from a nursery located in Gallatin or Madison county.
3. Application must include before and after photos of plants in the landscape
Unless specified, rebate items and services can be purchased at any retailer (model numbers and certifications are the most important). Most nurseries and landscape businesses are familiar with equipment and product labels and can help you find what will work best for your landscape. You can also find a qualifying model, using the Product Search on the WaterSense® page.
All products must be installed after July 1, 2016, to qualify. Applications will be processed on a first come, first serve basis, subject to funding availability.
Other Rebate Options
We also offers cash incentives for swapping toilets, laundry machines, and other water-using fixtures. This keeps water in the river while keeping cash in your pocket.
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