Lakewood’s rebate program for turf removal, subsurface irrigation and water-wise irrigation devices began in 2011. Since then, over $68,000 in rebates have been made to Lakewood water customers to help them conserve water. Interest in the rebates increased dramatically over the past two years, and so many applications were made and approved that all of the funding originally allocated for the program was exhausted. A waiting list of Lakewood water customers interested in applying for any future rebates was created in March 2016.
On June 28, 2016, the Lakewood City Council allocated an additional $25,000 to be distributed to applicants based upon those who entered the waiting list first and who completed their projects within the six-month project completion timeframe. If any customers on the waiting list do not pursue their projects in a reasonable amount of time, then the funds will be made available, starting in January 2017, to new persons who have signed up on the waiting list.
All turf removal and subsurface irrigation rebate applications require a pre-application prior to starting the project.
To be placed on the waiting list for a water rebate, please use the city’s online customer service form (put “Water Rebate Waiting List” in the top box) or call Lakewood’s customer service staff at 562-866-9771, extension 2140.
Rebates are still available to Lakewood water customers through the Metropolitan Water District for several outdoor and indoor water conservation devices, including:
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.
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.
Before starting any digging on a subsurface project, it is important that you call DigAlert. Click here for more information about DigAlert. You can prevent damage to underground utilities and avoid service interruptions simply by clicking here, or calling 811 two (2) business days prior to starting work. This is a 100% free service and required by law anytime you dig.