Public Agency Turf Replacement Program

The Public Agency Turf Replacement Program provides an incentive and project assistance to encourage public agencies to remove non-essential turf on public property. Agencies are encouraged to be leaders in water conservation and sustainability by creating projects that demonstrate efficient water use in their communities. Metropolitan Water District is offering public agencies a rebate of $3.00 per square foot for up to 200,000 square feet per water meter per year. For the purposes of these programs a public agency is defined as follows:

“Any federal, state, regional or local governmental entity, agency or department, including any special district, joint powers authority, city, county, or other political subdivision of the State located within Metropolitan’s service area.”

The intent of the Turf Replacement program is to combine turf removal, irrigation modification and rainwater retention to support the reuse or soil absorption of rainwater and to establish organic, drought tolerant landscaping.

Every turf replacement project may differ in style but at a minimum must include:

  • 3 plants per 100 square feet of area transformed
  • A stormwater retention feature
  • No hardscape within the transformed area, except permeable hardscape
  • Replacement or modification of overhead spray sprinklers
  • Additional requirements can be found in the program Terms and Conditions

PLEASE NOTE: Synthetic turf is not an approved construction option for this program.

The Turf Replacement program has a two-part application process. In order to receive a rebate, you must first apply to reserve rebate funds prior to starting your project. At the time of funds reservation, you must submit a W9 as proof of public agency status and indicate your public agency type. After your reservation is confirmed, you will have 180 days to complete your project and submit your request for a rebate. Projects already completed or projects which have begun prior to application submittal are not eligible for a rebate.


Project Assistance Available!

Need help with your project? Not sure where to start? Metropolitan Water District also offers an optional public agency project assistance program. MWD will provide a consultant, free of charge, to assist with:

  • Project development and design
  • Budget
  • Contractor selection
  • Rebate application

Additional information on the Public Agency Project Assistance program and the Turf Replacement program requirements can be found in the Terms and Conditions.

Please read the Terms and Conditions and the Frequently Asked Questions thoroughly before applying for your rebate. These pages will help you navigate the application and understand the information and materials you will need to provide as part of the application process.

Depending on the conversion methods used in your Turf Replacement project, you may be eligible for additional rebates on devices such as weather based irrigation controllers, soil moisture sensors, rotating nozzles, rain barrels or cisterns. For information on available outdoor device rebates, please visit the outdoor device page.

How Do I Apply?

Click Here to Learn How to Apply for Your Turf Replacement Rebate