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Turf Removal Rebate Increased to $2 Per Square Foot

Are you looking for water-efficient alternatives to your thirsty lawns? Indio Water Authority (“IWA”) is here to help you do that by increasing the incentive. Now is the time to remove underutilized turf areas and install plants that use less water and requires less maintenance!

The rebate for replacing grass areas with desert-friendly and water-efficient landscape has increased from $1 to $2 per square feet. For residential customers, projects are now eligible up to a maximum of 10,000 square feet, an increase from 1,500 square feet per year. For commercial customers, the maximum increased from 4,000 square feet to 30,000 square feet per year. The changes went into effect on September 19 and will be in effect as long as funds are available.

Applications for the turf rebate program will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Conversion projects must be pre-approved to be eligible for a rebate; please, do not remove your grass before you submit your application and receive a notice to proceed from IWA.

Applicants must:

  • Be an IWA customer in good standing
  • Submit an application along with backup documents including a landscape plan/sketch and plant list of trees, shrubs, ground covers
  • Submit color photos of existing turf areas listed in the application

Among other program requirements and conditions:

  • Overhead irrigation systems in the project area must be capped off or converted to drip, rotating stream, rotating spray or bubblers.
  • Desert-friendly plants must cover a minimum of 20 percent of the new landscaped area at maturity.
  • Turf cannot be entirely replaced with all rock, decomposed granite or non-permeable hardscape.
  • Artificial turf projects qualify for a rebate; artificial turf must be air and water permeable.

Check out the Water Conservation & Rebates section of the website to see how you can take advantage of our rebates and incentives to save you a lot of water and money:

Please call us at (760) 391-4038 and we will be glad to guide you through the application process.