Agreed. Farmers are responsible for ~80% (I actually thought it was more like 90%) of the state water consumption but they make residents pay and constantly scrutinize in the media. It's definitely frustrating.
In San Diego, there are some ways to bypass the restrictions. I seem to remember that certain low-flow devices were granted a pass. Since I had none of the items, I blew it off and didn't really pay attention to the details. I would think drip type falls into this category but I'd have to check and get back to you. If this is something you'd be interested in, let me know.
The reason why I asked is, it kind of looked like it was already factored into the algorithm. My original schedules kind of looked like it was striving to meet that requirement, with just one or two exceptions. So I was wondering if it was implemented in the algorithm (in which case we had a minor bug), or if it's not, then it's doing a pretty good job so far. I haven't had the device a week yet though, and looking forward to seeing how it works. So far the fixed schedule suggestion isn't really needed.
As for the rebates, yeah I'm going to submit it soon. I've been traveling a lot and just need some time to sit down and prepare the paperwork. They don't make it easy so you've got to do it right.