The largest water district in California has again begun providing rebates for customers who replace their water-hungry sod grass with synthetic turf, such as NewGrass, the artificial grass of choice for homeowners who want to be water-wise, eco-friendly have more green lawn to enjoy year-round – and the rebates are once again being offered on first-come first-served basis.
The revived SoCal Water$mart rebate program was restarted with $9 million for rebates and relies on local municipalities and water providers to at least match the $.30-per-square-foot rebate for homeowners in participating areas who replace their water-thirsty, pesticide-needy sod grass with synthetic lawn. Fake grass is among the water-saving devices and products that are again eligible for rebates through the SoCal Water$mart, an effort of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD).
“We’re excited that the MWD has realized the importance of this rebate program, and found the money to support it again,” said Larry Reno, district manager for NewGrass Landscape & Design, California’s premier synthetic lawn company. “We’re ready to help customers make the environmentally conscious and water-saving switch to artificial grass and get any rebates they’re eligible for.”
Pasadena is among the cities that has stepped up to match the SoCal Water$mart rebate. A spokeswoman for Pasadena Water and Power told news outlets that that synthetic grass saves many thousands of gallons of water that would otherwise go towards watering one of the most thirsty of all plants – grass.
For several months, no money was available for the SoCal Water$mart rebate program, and before the funds ran out, interested homeowners had to make a reservation to get a rebate because of the impending drying up of funds. Even with the program reinstated, officials are advising customers that funding is limited and submitting a rebate application does not guarantee receiving a rebate. Rebates will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is exhausted.
You can find out how much funding remains in the rebate program by visiting the MWD website. To determine how much your rebate from your municipality or local water provider would be, Click here to apply for rebate.
A federal court this summer curtailed water deliveries from northern California due to environmental factors in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. After a record dry spring that dramatically curtailed snow runoff from the Sierra Nevada mountains, Governor Schwarzenegger declared an official statewide drought in early summer.
Following the Governor’s action, the MWD board of directors issued a Water Supply Alert for its six-county service area, urging local jurisdictions to adopt and implement water conservation ordinances and to significantly increase efforts and programs to conserve water.