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Landscape Transformation Program

Program Terms & Conditions

Rebate Reservation Eligibility:

  • To receive a reservation for a landscape transformation rebate, you must have existing turf. If your project has already been started or completed, you are not eligible for a rebate.
  • Not all Southern California water agencies participate in this program and rebates are not available in every participating city or water agency. Check with your local city or water agency.
  • All landscape transformation projects must be within the Metropolitan Water District’s service area in order to qualify for rebate.
  • Before you begin your project or remove any turf, you must apply for and receive an approval to proceed, which is a reservation of funds.
  • If you begin or complete your project prior to receiving a reservation, you are not eligible for a rebate.

To Claim a Rebate (if all of the above conditions have been met), your completed project must:

  • Have a minimum of 250 square feet of turf removed, or if the entire property is less than 250 square feet, all turf must be removed.
    • For residential projects, the front yard area must be converted first in order to convert a backyard, side yard, or parkway. Front yard conversions must be done in conjunction with another area or photos must be submitted showing that the front yard was previously transformed. The 250 square feet minimum conversion must be completed in the front yard or all turf must be removed if the front yard area is less than 250 square feet
  • Not include any live turf, or turf-looking grasses.
  • Include at least five plants per 100 square feet in the project area. Please visit http://calscape.org/ for native plant lists specific to your area.
  • Please note that turf, turf-looking grasses, or invasive plants do not qualify even if they are drought-tolerant or California natives. You can view a list of invasive plants at this website
    http://www.cal-ipc.org/solutions/prevention/landscaping/dpp/?region=socal
  • Be permeable to air and water to reduce surface area runoff. Areas with concrete, structures or other surfaces that air and water cannot move through will be disqualified.
    • Note: Turf areas replaced with structures or any impermeable surfaces will not be eligible for a rebate. Please exclude these turf areas from your measurements to avoid program disqualification and processing delays. Some examples of built structures include: raised patios, decks and garages.
    • Pathways with broken concrete (spaced concrete), flagstone or other like materials may be used, but cannot be grouted with cement/concrete. A typical approved filler used for these materials is loose sand.
  • Include a stormwater feature designed to capture rainfall through infiltration or on-site storage for reuse. Eligible techniques can include: rain gardens, rock gardens, dry river beds, swales, berms, grades, rain barrels and cisterns.
    • In order for the rain barrel/cistern to qualify as a rainwater capture feature, the property must have existing gutters around the full perimeter of the roof and existing downspouts for adequate water collection.
    • Installed rain barrels/cisterns must meet all local and regional requirements and be connected properly to installed rain gutters and downspouts. Rain barrels/cisterns must be installed in, and drain to, the project area.
  • Include three (3) inches depth of mulch surrounding all plants. Mulch, rock, or decomposed granite must cover any bare spaces within project area (No bare soil allowed). The use of organic materials is recommended.
  • Include irrigation modification or conversion; this is required for all projects:
    • Convert over-head sprays to drip, micro-spray, bubblers, or rotating nozzles; whichever is applicable; or
    • Cap sprinkler heads or remove irrigation equipment and hand-water.
    • No overhead spray sprinklers are allowed in the completed project
  • No synthetic turf is allowed.
  • Consumers are responsible for complying with all applicable laws, codes, policies, covenants, conditions and restrictions.

Additional Terms of Participation

In addition to the above conditions, customers are directed to note the following terms of participation in the SoCal Water$mart Rebate Program:

  1. By applying for a rebate in this program, personal information listed on your application may be subject to disclosure to requesting parties pursuant to the California Public Records Act.
  2. Rebate amounts may vary by water agency and are subject to change at any time.
  3. Renters may be eligible to participate with written consent of the property owner. Renter’s name must be on the property water bill.
  4. Any project may be selected for an on-site inspection. If the landscape transformation cannot be verified and measured, the applicant will be required to refund the rebate amount, including all associated processing costs. Access to the area transformed must be provided for inspection.
  5. Rebate applications must be complete and are subject to verification and review for accuracy, including all necessary documentation. Necessary documentation includes, but is not limited to, pre- and post-project photos, a landscape plan, and a copy of the water bill. The water bill provided must show the account number, account holder’s name, and water service for the property listed on the application.
  6. Metropolitan and participating water agencies are not responsible for any taxes, fees or tariffs that may be imposed as a result of a device or product purchase.
  7. Metropolitan and participating water agencies make no representation or warranty relating to services, products or devices, including any hazardous substances that may be contained in the product or device. The application form for a rebate is for rebate measures and purchases only.
  8. Applicant waives and releases Metropolitan, participating agencies, and their contractors or agents from any and all claims and causes of action arising out of the installation and use of services, products and devices pursuant to the Turf Removal Rebate Program.
  9. A reduced water bill is not guaranteed.
  10. Your email address may be used to communicate additional available rebates or programs.
  11. Landscape transformation rebates are limited to a maximum rebate amount per address.
  12. Rebate checks issued will become void 90 days after being issued.
  13. By participating in this program, customers allow Metropolitan to publicize their pre- and post-conversion project photographs. (Address will not be published)
  14. Deceptive applications are subject to inspections at any time and will be denied if proven inaccurate and/or untrue.
  15. A pre-approval is solely an estimate and does not guarantee a rebate. Rebate amounts are subject to change upon verification or inspection.
  16. The payee’s Social Security or Tax ID number must be provided via a completed Form W-9 along with the rebate application paperwork in order to receive a rebate over $600. The name on the W-9 must match the name on the rebate check. This form must be completed so that EGIA, the rebate administrator, can properly complete the Form 1099. This is in compliance with exemptions to the Federal Privacy Act of 1974, 42 UCS 405 (c )(2)(c ). The Internal Revenue Service requires Rebate Program participants receiving $600 or more in rebates to receive an IRS Form 1099 unless exemptions apply. Social Security numbers provided as part of the application process are held in confidence under terms of the Privacy Act and are not divulged or otherwise conveyed to individuals or organizations outside the Rebate Program.

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