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Lawn Replacement Rebates Available Now!, August 12, 2015 by Peter J. Kampa, General Manager

You can receive up to $2,000 directly from the state for removing lawn and replacing toilets!   This is a very important message that should be spread far and wide throughout Saddle Creek!  Today the state released $24 million in grant funds for turf replacement and $6 million for toilet replacements.  The maximum grant is $2,000 per property! The online application process is simple and fast, and the money is available on a first come, first served basis.  Signing up and registering your project RESERVES YOU A PLACE IN LINE for the grant money!!   If you wait very long, I assure you this money will be gone within a couple months at maximum, maybe weeks, so anyone removing turf should act now!   Please feel free to pass this message along to all friends and family in Saddle Creek!.

The program will rebate up to $2 per square foot for lawn replacement to water-efficient landscaping and has an overall budget of $24 million from Proposition 1 funding.  The easiest way to complete the application is online at

Funding reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis for up to $2,000 per household through state or local turf replacement programs. Consumers are eligible to replace turf that is living or dead (but not bare earth) at the time of the rebate application.  The application process will require measurement of the area to be re-landscaped, a copy of the most current water bill, and 5 pictures of the area to be re-landscaped.  Most importantly, projects cannot have begun before the approval is received after application.  More information on the program can be found at the website under About the Program.

In addition to the rebate program, DWR has added links to useful resources to guide home owners in planning their re-landscaping projects.  These links are on DWR’s turf webpage at  The links provide guidance on how to remove your turf, as well as planning and implementing your project.

Just in case you may also be interested, a second rebate program is also starting today.  Rebates of up to $100 per household are available to consumers to replace one old toilet (greater than 1.6 gallons per flush) with a new, high-efficiency toilet (1.28 gallons per flush or less).  The $6 million toilet rebate program, also funded through Proposition 1, will help Californians replace approximately 60,000 old, inefficient toilets.  These rebates are also available at the

Thank you very much for your continued efforts in conserving water during the state’s historic drought.

Peter J. Kampa, General Manager

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