Incentive Program Update
The San Diego County Water Authority and its member agencies are now part of the Turf Replacement Program. This program is administered by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and information can be found on SoCal Water$mart or call 888-376-3314.
If you are interested in participating in the new Landscape Transformation Program, please do not start your turf removal project until you have applied to the program and received an official Notice to Proceed. Projects that have been started or completed are not eligible for the incentive. Artificial turf does not qualify for the new incentive program. Other terms and conditions will apply. For ease of reference, the summary below highlights some of the new Landscape Transformation Program requirements. The requirements are subject to change without notice.
|Property Types||Residential and Commercial, Industrial and Institutional (CII) including HOAs|
|Project Area Size||Minimum 250 and maximum 1,500 square feet for residential properties and 10,000 square feet for CII. Applicants may re-apply annually as long as funding is available.|
|Project Areas Allowed||Front, side and backyards – Note: a minimum of 250 square feet of the front yard must be included (or the entire front yard if less than 250 square feet of turf), unless the area has already been converted to water smart landscaping.|
|Project Conversion Area||Area to be converted must have existing verifiable turf. Hardscaped areas, ground covers, shrubs, flowerbeds, etc. are not eligible.|
|Incentive Amount||Varies by zip code and/or water agency. Rebates starting at $1 and up to $4 per square foot. Funding is reserved for each approved application once the official Notice to Proceed has been issued.|
|Receipts||Recommended, but not required.|
|Project Time Frame||180 days|
|Plants||Five (5) plants per 100 square feet. Converted area cannot include turf or turf-looking plants.|
|Mulch||3” of mulch required around each plant (except creeping ground covers). Other areas must be covered with permeable ground cover such as mulch, gravel, decomposed granite, etc. No bare soils allowed. Trees are allowed and counted as one plant.|
|Rain Water Feature||Converted area must be designed to capture rainfall through infiltration or on-site storage for reuse. Infiltration and rainwater capture techniques can include rain gardens, rain barrels, cisterns, berms, swales, or grades.|
|Irrigation||Converted area must be retrofitted with high-efficiency irrigation (e.g., drip, micro-irrigation, rotating nozzles, etc.) or capped and hand watered.|
|Inspections||Pre- and post-site inspections required for some residential properties and 100% pre- and post-site inspections required for all CII properties.|
|Training / Education / Resources||Not required, but highly recommended. Please consider the following resources:|
|Other||Other requirements and terms and conditions apply. Please refer to official Landscape Transformation website for more details.|
For questions about the status of existing applications for the Water Authority’s Sustainable Landscapes Incentive Program, please call 1-866-648-2925 or email SDCWA@WaterWise-Consulting.com.