The Coachella Water Authority & Sanitary District’s turf removal rebate program helps customers reduce outdoor water use by converting their lawn to low-water landscaping. Using less water outdoors is the best way to conserve and lower your water bill. Replace your grass with beautiful, desert-friendly landscaping and get up to $3,000 back. Removing grass also saves maintenance costs over time. Rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t delay, sign up today!
Follow these steps to get your rebate:
Read all the terms and conditions of the program and think about how you want to convert your landscaping.
Upgrade your irrigation system! To help customers reduce outdoor water use, Coachella Water Authority and Sanitary District is offering a rebate to cover the cost of a smart irrigation controller. These controllers help maintain a beautiful landscape by automatically adjusting irrigation settings based on local weather conditions. Rebates for the controllers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis while funding lasts. To receive a controller rebate, follow these simple steps:
If you have any questions along the way, please call us at (760) 501-8100.
Turf Rebate Terms and Conditions
Rebates are available for residential and commercial properties that have received an approved application. Projects that were completed prior to rebate reservation approval are not eligible.
The residential property must receive water service from the City of Coachella
Areas to be converted must have turf currently irrigated with potable water.
Conversions must comply with all applicable laws, codes, policies, covenants, conditions, and restrictions.
Only property owners may apply for the rebate or a written letter of agreement from the owner must be submitted.
The converted area must contain enough plants to create at least 50% living plant cover when plants are fully grown. Trees do not count toward coverage.
This rebate does not apply to conversions that use only mulch or rock.
The converted area may not include any live turf.
If you plan to remove over 1,000 square feet of turf or convert more than 50% of your irrigated area, please contact Coachella Water Authority & Sanitary District for additional information
Plants used in the yard must be water-friendly
Spray and rotor irrigation systems must be retrofitted to low volume drip systems.
DO NOT remove or in any way damage existing City street trees.
All fire hydrants must have a 3-foot (on center) clear area surrounding them, where no plantings should be placed. A 3” layer of mulch surrounding fire hydrants is acceptable.
Funding is limited and is available on a first come first serve basis. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.
If your application is approved, Coachella Water Authority & Sanitary District will provide you with a rebate reservation number and anticipated rebate amount. Do not start your project until your application is approved.
The rebate amount is $3 per square foot of turf removed. The maximum rebate amount is $3,000
Rebate reservations are valid for 120 days.
Converted area and irrigated area measurements are subject to inspection and verification by Coachella Water Authority & Sanitary District.
The converted area must remain in compliance with all program conditions for a period of 5 years and must be properly maintained during that time. If this requirement is violated, you may be required to refund all or a portion of the rebate, which may be recovered through a surcharge on your water bill over a time period deemed appropriate by Coachella Water Authority & Sanitary District. The requirement to refund some or all of a previously granted rebate will cease upon transfer of ownership to an unrelated party.
When using the hose, set a timer on your phone to remind you to turn it off. A running hose uses up to 10 gallons per minute.
Avoid watering during the middle of the day when evaporation is at its highest.
A simple way to save water is to adjust your watering schedule each month according to seasonal weather conditions.
Remember to shut off your sprinklers whenever it rains and for at least 48 hours afterward.
An irrigation system checkup is best in the spring. This will ensure it is working well before the water-intensive summer months.
Knowing the location of your master water shutoff valve is extremely helpful in the event of a burst pipe. Shutting off your water quickly in these situations can save hundreds of gallons of water and prevent serious damage.
Using a pool cover will not only help keep your pool clean, it will reduce chemical use and prevent water loss through evaporation.
Leaving lawn clippings on your grass will allow the ground to remain cool and hold more moisture.
Cleaning your driveway, patios, and walkways with a broom rather than a hose is just as effective and avoids water waste.