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Turf conversion program underway

In an effort to save water and reduce maintenance, four neighborhoods in Indio are scheduled to undergo turf conversion projects over the next six months. Replacing grass with drought-tolerant landscaping also cuts water and maintenance costs, and prolongs the life of adjacent sidewalks and curbs. In addition, it reduces the amount of contamination by fertilizers and other chemicals into the groundwater, forwarding the City’s sustainability efforts.

Project scopes and estimated work dates are as follows:

  • Santa Rosa: Turf removal at the entry including the median and along Ave. 48. Drip irrigation installed. Desert adapted plants and groundcover (decomposed granite and small boulders) added. Estimated start date: mid-January, 2021
  • Rincon: Turf removed and drip irrigation installed. Desert adapted plants (including Red Yucca, Desert Milkweed and Turpentine Bush) and groundcover (decomposed granite and small boulders) added. Estimated start date: beginning of February, 2021
  • Monticello: Turf removal between the curb and sidewalk along Fred Waring Dr. Drip irrigation installed. Desert adapted plants (including Red Yucca, Desert Milkweed and Turpentine Bush) and decomposed granite groundcover added. Estimated start date TBD.
  • Madison Ranch: Turf removal between the curb and sidewalk along Ave. 48 and Madison St. as well as the corner of Madison St. and Ave. 48 and the corner at Youngs Ln. and Ave. 48. Drip irrigation installed, and TBD desert adapted plants and groundcover added. Estimated start date also TBD.

Five additional neighborhoods are scheduled for turf conversion projects in the second half of 2021. Those include areas near Palm Meadows, Verandas, Summer Place, Corta Bella and Rancho Verde.
Comments or questions regarding the upcoming turf conversion should be directed to turfconversion@indio.org.


The City’s turf conversion efforts are made possible through a water conservation rebate program offered by Indio Water Authority. To learn more about obtaining a rebate for commercial and residential properties, go to www.indiowater.org/rebates.

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