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Grant Assistance for Water Efficient Equipment Retrofits

commercial washerWe are offering a grant assistance program for non-residential retail water service customers who can significantly reduce their use of potable water through upgrade or replacement of existing onsite indoor water using equipment.

Eligible projects must achieve a water savings of 200 ccf (149,000 gallons) or more a year to qualify.  We will provide qualifying projects grant funding of $1.00 per ccf over a 10-year lifespan up to 50% of the project’s equipment costs.   A single customer may apply for more than one project.

Qualifying Projects

We will consider two types of equipment retrofits:

1)  Fixed Water Saving Retrofit Projects: these consist of standardized equipment with  predictable water savings projects.  Eligible projects include the installation of equipment listed below. 

Equipment Type

 Estimated Annual Water Savings

(1 ccf = 748 gallons)

Grant Amount

Cooling Tower pH Controllers

1,734 ccf

50% of the equipment cost, up to $8,000

Medical Equipment Steam Sterilizers

670 ccf

50% of the equipment cost, up to $2,500

Water Efficient Ice Machines

364 ccf

50% of the equipment cost, up to $1,800

Commercial Laundry Retrofits

344 ccf

50% of the equipment cost, up to $1,700

Dry Vacuum Pumps

279 ccf

50% of the equipment cost, up to $1,000

Connectionless Food Steamers

109 ccf per compartment

50% of the equipment cost, up to $545 per compartment

2)  Custom Retrofit Projects: these consist of unique or site specific equipment retrofits that result in project-specific water 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.

If you have a project that meets the eligibility criteria, please read and complete the application below:

Water Efficient Equipment Retrofit Grant Program Guidelines & Application

The deadline for the current fiscal year 2018-2019 applications is May 1, 2019.  Applications for fiscal year 2019-2020 will be accepted after May 1, 2019.  For questions about the Water Efficient Equipment Retrofit Grant Program or assistance in completing your application, please contact our grant team at or call the Water Conservation Section at (415) 551-4730. 

Qualifying projects may also be eligible for an energy rebate through the Food Service Technology Center, click here to learn more.

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Last updated: 8/27/2018 2:27:11 PM