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Here’s Some Information to Help You Understand
How the SoCal Water Smart Program Works

The state of California is suffering from an historic drought and Governor Brown has recently directed the State Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory water reductions in cities and towns across California to reduce water usage by 25 percent. To save more water now, the executive order will also

Replace 50 million square feet of lawns throughout the state with drought tolerant landscaping (as synthetic turf) in partnership with local governments; Direct the creation of a temporary, statewide consumer rebate program to replace old appliances with more water and energy efficient models; Require campuses, golf courses, cemeteries and other large landscapes to make significant cuts in water use; and Prohibit new homes and developments from irrigating with potable water unless water-efficient drip irrigation systems are used, and ban watering of ornamental grass on public street medians.

To help you save water and save money, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is continuing to offer the SoCal Water Smart program for residential and commercial customers. The program is scheduled to end on June 30, 2015 for residential water rebate customers. Here’s Some Information to Help You Understand how the SoCal Water Smart Program Works. Visit these links to learn more and to find out if you qualify.

Also, visit these sites to learn more on how you can help to beat the California drought.

SoCal Water Smart Program Overview

Who is Eligible for a Rebate?

To be Eligible for a Rebate, Customers Must:

  1. Have grass in the proposed project area
  2. Install a new landscape that meets the terms and conditions for their city. All projects must:
    • Not include live turf or turf looking plants
    • Include plants (not turf)
    • Follow any additional requirements for their city. You can see these requirements by applying for project start approval (instructions below).
  1. Synthetic turf is eligible for rebates unless stated in your area’s terms and conditions. Click “Estimate your rebate” to see if you qualify.
  2. Customers are responsible for complying with all applicable local laws, ordinances, and other restrictions.
  3. Must not have received a turf removal rebate before. Only one turf removal rebate per property.

How to Receive a Rebate

  • Before you begin removing any turf, you must apply for and receive project start approval.
  • The approval will specify the square feet your project has been approved for and your reserved rebate amount. Important note: Your final rebate cannot be larger than your reserved amount, even if you remove additional square footage. It is important that you estimate and measure your project area correctly.
  • Visit the SoCalWaterSmart Turf Rebate Application to apply for project start approval online.
  • Set up an account with a valid email address and password. The account will allow you to log in after your project is complete to complete Step 2: Rebate Application.”
  • Submit the requested information along with:
    • At least 5 color photos of the areas where you plan to remove turf. Turf must be grass to qualify for a rebate.
    • Submit at least one photo of each area you plan to remove turf (front yard, side yard, back yard, etc).
    • Read PHOTO GUIDELINES to see what type of photos are required.
    • A photo or scanned copy of your recent water bill.
  • Wait to receive an email approval to start your project. This will take approximately two weeks.
  • Once you receive approval, you have 120 days to complete your project.
  • After completing your project, you are ready request your rebate by completing “Step 2: Rebate Application”
  • When your project is complete, visit SoCalWaterSmart.com to request your rebate by completing “Step 2: Rebate Application”
  • Login as a “Returning Turf Applicant” using your original email and password.
  • Submit the required information along with:
    • At least 5 color photos of your completed project area.
    • Submit at least one photo of each area where you removed turf (front yard, side yard, back yard, etc).
    • Read PHOTO GUIDELINES to see what type of photos are required.
    • A photo or scanned copy of your recent water bill.
    • If your project includes synthetic turf, submit a photo or scanned copy of your synthetic turf receipt.
  • Your rebate application will be reviewed and you will receive an email with the results in 4-5 weeks.

Photo Guidelines

There are two steps to receiving a rebate for turf removal:

  1. Must be in color.
  2. Cannot be a up-close shots of grass or plants. We recommend you stand back far enough to include your home, street, or fence as a reference point.
  3. Cannot be an online image such as Google street view

Photos that follow guidelines:

Photos that do NOT meet guidelines:

Reference:SoCal Water Smart

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No Chemicals or Fertilizers

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