Water Wise Rebates

Lakewood California Water Rebate Program

Save Hundreds with Water Rebates

Lakewood residential water customers can combine rebates from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, when available, with up to $1,315 in rebates from the City of Lakewood for turf removal, sub-surface irrigation and water-wise re-landscaping and for installing water-wise irrigation devices. Metropolitan rebates are available while funds last. 

Installing water-wise landscaping and/or irrigation devices is a “gift that keeps on giving” too, with permanently reduced water bills. Plus, residents who use the 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.

It’s a “win-win” time for considering new irrigation upgrades and landscaping changes.

The installation of subsurface irrigation systems by Lakewood water customers is also eligible for a rebate from the city. Rebates will be made for $0.50 a square foot for project areas up to 800 square feet. See details on this new rebate program here.

Before you start any work it is important to complete the application process using this PDF and be sure the work you have planned will qualify for the rebate. 

Before starting any digging on your subsurface or turf rebate project, it is important that you call DigAlert first. You can prevent damage to underground utilities and avoid service interruptions simply by visiting http://www.digalert.org/homeowners.html or calling 811 two (2) business days prior to starting work. This is a 100% free service and required by law anytime you dig.





Helpful Online Area Calculator Tool

There are many online “area calculator tools” that can help you calculate the square footage of common shapes.  It is helpful to round measurements to the nearest foot.  Please click here for one example

Rebates for Commercial Customers

Commercial customers of the Lakewood Water Resources Department are eligible for rebates from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Rebates cover irrigation devices, turf removal and re-landscaping, toilets, ice machines, steamers and more. For details, go to www.bewaterwise.com or call 888-376-3314. Before initiating major landscaping improvements, businesses must consult with the Community Development Department of the City of Lakewood at 562-866-9771, extension 2300.

Outdoor Water-Saving Device Rebates

Water-saving rotor sprinkler.Homeowners can earn over $100 toward the cost of items like modern water-saving rotor sprinkler heads, hose end timers, drip irrigation kits, irrigation timers and drip-line emitters. Residents need only purchase items listed on the approved device list and install them.
It’s easy, just purchase and install any of the approved water-saving devices, then submit the original receipt and a completed application form. A listing of approved water-saving devices, rebate application forms and FAQs are online in the FAQs listed above.
A rebate will be awarded after a water department inspector verifies the devices are in use. Once approved, the customer will receive a notice of approval. The rebate will appear as a credit on the property’s next water bill.

Additional Rebates

Lakewood staff can give you guidance on also applying for additional rebates for many of the same water-saving devices from the Metropolitan Water District. Details on the Metropolitan rebates are at www.bewaterwise.com. For assistance on applying for both rebates, contact Lakewood staff at 562-866-9771, extension 2140.

Shop Lakewood and save more

Device rebate shoppers who “Shop Lakewood” can receive additional savings if they purchase approved water-saving devices in town! Just visit the Shop Lakewood website at www.lakewoodcity.org/waterrebatecoupon, print the official coupon and include it with the device rebate application and original receipt.

Turf removal can save hundreds … even thousands

Thirsty lawns are a big reason most residences use 70% of their water outside on their yards. Installing new water-wise landscaping and water-permeable surfaces can earn a residential property up to $800 in credit on their water bill from the Lakewood Department of Water Resources. Residents can save $1 for each square foot of turf removed by applying for a Turf Removal Rebate. Projects must be approved BEFORE a yard makeover begins. Sample plans, application forms and FAQs in link above.
Projects are also eligible for a $2 per square foot rebate from the Metropolitan Water District. (Rebates available while funding lasts.) For details, go to www.bewaterwise.com. Lakewood staff can give you guidance on applying for both the Lakewood and Metropolitan rebates. For assistance, contact Lakewood staff at 562-866-9771, extension 2140.

The Lakewood pre-application packet contains helpful tips on how to describe your project and the approval process. Homeowners can plan their own project or get help from a landscaper, but all projects must be pre-approved before any work begins.
In the “pre-application” you’ll describe the changes to your yard. You’ll need to:

  • Photograph the project area before you remove any existing grass;
    Calculate the square footage of the project area;
    Make a list of the plant material, ground cover and irrigation methods to be installed;
    Indicate the type of weed barrier you will use. Weed barrier must be permeable.
    Draw a simple sketch of the yard that contains the project measurements, plants, ground cover and irrigation; and
    Complete the pre-application form. 
    Mail the pre-application, photos and drawing to the City of Lakewood Department of Water Resources for review and approval. The department will review your project within 2 weeks of receipt. Once approved, you will receive additional instructions for submitting the request for the rebate upon the completion of the project.

Once an approved project is completed, and the rebate application is submitted, a water department expert will verify whether the project meets program guidelines and a rebate will be issued.
The rebate does not cover the installation of artificial turf. It is not an allowable alternative to grass in the City of Lakewood Department of Water Resources Turf Removal Rebate Program.

Getting started, getting help, planning

There are two free resources for learning how to do complete yard makeovers. They are the Los Angeles County “Smart Gardener” program at 1-888-CLEANLA, and the Water Replenishment District’s “Eco Gardener” workshop series at 562-275-4234. Offerings are similar and the county program has an added bonus of offering compost units at a discount rate. Learn more about both at www.lakewoodcity.org/smartgardener.