Archive for July, 2007

Southern California’s Largest Water District Joins Others Offering Rebates to Homeowners Who Replace Natural Turf

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Los Angeles, Calif. – The Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District of Southern California this month immediately began offering offer homeowners what it calls a “modest” rebate to install synthetic turf.

Water officials said the program is the first of its kind in Southern California. A handful of Northern California communities offer similar programs (we list those below).

The Metropolitan Water District is Southern California’s main water supplier, serving nearly 18 million people in six counties. The new rebates cover the agency’s entire service area.
What the district actually did was add synthetic grass to its list of water-saving devices that qualify for financial incentives. The rebate program will now pay 30 cents for every square foot of turf a homeowner replaces, or between 2 percent and 3 percent of the local estimated retail cost of $12 per square foot, said district spokesman Bob Muir.

For complete information about the district’s rebate program, visit

Other California water districts and agencies that have rebate programs encouraging the use of water-friendly landscaping such as NewGrass™ include:

Soquel Creek Water District
Rebates of $2 per square foot for synthetic grass that replaces an existing lawn.

Santa Clara County
Rebates of up to $1,000, or $75 per 100 square feet (whichever is lower) for homeowners (up to $10,000 for commercial, industrial and institutional properties)

North Marin Water District
Cash rebates of $50 per 100 square feet of regularly-irrigated lawn that is removed, up to $400 for a single-family dwelling, $100 for a townhouse or condominium, and $100 for an apartment.

Mesa, Ariz., Starts Offering Rebates for Replacing Turf Lawns

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

MESA, Ariz. – Mesa is launching a Grass-to-Xeriscape rebate program today that will pay residents up to $500 to switch from water-thirsty turf grass to more water-friendly alternatives such as synthetic lawns like NewGrass™.

Residents who remove 500 square feet or more of established turf grass and replace it with a water-conserving alternative qualify for a rebate of $1 per square foot of grass that is removed, up to a $500 maximum rebate. To qualify, you must be the current owner of a single-family home in Mesa and be a Mesa city water customer.

Applications are being mailed to all residential water customers this week. Complete information is available at

Mesa joins a list of Valley cities in the Phoenix area that offer the rebates to homeowners who replace their lawns with artificial grass or other water-friendly xeriscape alternatives. Visit the following Web sites for more information:

Peoria: up to $550 (

Tempe: up to $500 (

Glendale: up to $750 for an existing homeowner, $200 for a new home, ( and $3,000 for a business, homeowner associations or multi-family property (

Scottsdale: up to $1,500 for a residence ( and up to $3,000 for a commercial property (

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