Water Wise Rebates
Metropolitan Water District offers rebate program
Beginning in July 2018, the Metropolitan Water District is offering landscape rebates for residents and businesses.
The MWD will offer a rebate of $1 per square foot of turf removal, up to 1,500 square feet for residents and up to 10,000 square feet for businesses. Information on the program and how to apply is at www.bewaterwise.com.
Your application must include a landscape plan, a watershed approach, efficient irrigation, a certain number of water saving plants and mulch coverage. Synthetic turf is prohibited. Rebates and incentives are issued on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is exhausted and past participation may limit eligibility.
The MWD’s last turf rebate program in 2015 helped remove 160 million square feet of grass across Southern California, saving approximately 21,600 acre feet of water annually – enough to serve about 64,000 households. Estimate your rebate at socalwatersmart.com.
Lakewood's Turf Removal and Subsurface Irrigation Rebate Programs
The Lakewood City Council allocated $25,000 to fund residential turf rebate projects for City of Lakewood water customers. (Golden State Water customers should contact 800-999-4033 to check for available rebates.)
All applications must be pre-approved with a water account in good standing prior to starting your project. Review and print the complete Water Rebate Packet, which includes program requirements, pre-applications, and information on device rebates.
Water customers may also participate in Metropolitan Water District’s landscape rebate project, while funds last.
Buried utilities can exist just about anywhere on your property, so it’s important to call DigAlert before you start digging on a landscape remodel project in your parkway.
DigAlert can help you prevent damage to underground utilities and avoid service interruptions one of two ways:
- Use the online service DigAlert Express at www.digalert.org, or
- Call 811 two working days (not including the notification date) prior to starting your excavation
This is a 100% free service and required by law anytime you dig.
Lakewood’s rebate program for turf removal, subsurface irrigation and water-wise irrigation devices began in 2011. Since then, Lakewood water customers received over $68,000 in rebates to help them conserve water.
More water-saving rebates from the Metropolitan Water District
Rebates are still available to Lakewood water customers through the Metropolitan Water District for several outdoor and indoor water conservation devices, including:
- High-efficiency washing machines
- High-efficiency toilets
- Rain barrels
- Rotating nozzles for pop-up sprinkler headers
- Weather-based irrigation controllers
- Soil moisture sensor systems
For details on these rebates and their current availability, go to www.socalwatersmart.com or call (800) 506-9073. Submittal of an application to the Metropolitan Water District does not guarantee approval or payment.
Tools to help you to conserve and plan your projects
Even without rebates, installing water-wise landscaping and irrigation devices is a “gift that keeps on giving,” with permanently reduced water bills.
Lakewood has compiled a list of resources that homeowners may find useful in planning water-wise landscaping and irrigation projects.