Water Wise Rebates

Lakewood California Water Rebate Program

Water Rebate Program Update

Thank you for your interest in Lakewood’s rebate program for turf removal and water-wise irrigation devices. Since the program began in 2011 over $56,000 in rebates have been made to Lakewood water customers to help them conserve water. Applications for rebates increased dramatically in the past six months, and so many applications were made and approved that all of the funding originally allocated for this fiscal year has now been exhausted.

On December 8, 2015, the Lakewood City Council allocated an additional $10,000 to fund rebates to those people who had applied and been approved on or before December 8. Those funds will be distributed to applicants based upon who applied first, assuming the applications meet all eligibility rules including final inspection. It is expected that the $10,000 will cover all applications that pass final inspection requirements during this fiscal year. The council may consider allocating additional funds for the next fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2016.

Unfortunately, no more water rebate applications can be accepted at this time. However, customers can file an expression of interest by using our main customer service form, and if funds become available for rebates in the future, the city will send you a notification.

Rebates still available from 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.

Plus, Lakewood customers who use water-wise irrigation devices (such as rotor sprinkler heads and drip irrigation systems) are exempt from the 2014 water conservation restrictions on the amount of time and days that yards can be watered.

Lakewood has compiled a list of resources here that homeowners may find useful in planning water-wise landscaping and irrigation projects.   

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