In response to California’s continuing drought and the Governor’s April 1 Executive Order mandating a 25-percent reduction in water use throughout California, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) on August 12 launched new residential water efficiency rebate programs covering single-family turf removal and toilet replacement. A program website has been established at SaveOurWaterRebates.com for program information and¬†submissions of online rebate applications.

These programs are financed by the Proposition 1- Water Bond and are targeted to replace more than 10 million square feet of lawn and more than 60,000 water wasting toilets. These programs will meet California’s toilet replacement goal and at least 20% of the 50 million square feet turf replacement goal.

A $24 million budget has been allocated for the Turf Replacement program, which will provide a rebate up to $2 per square foot of removed and replaced turf, with a cap of $2,000 (1,000 square feet) per household. With the exception of ineligible homes – (those within the service territory of water agencies and municipalities that had turf rebate programs in 2014 or 2015 of $2 per square foot or more), this program will be available statewide until funds are depleted, so act now! Since CCWD did not offer a turf replacement program in 2014-2015, all CCWD customers qualify for the program.

In addition, $6 million is available to provide up to a $100 rebate for the purchase and installation of one qualified high-efficiency toilet (1.28 gallons per flush or less) per household when replacing a less-efficient toilet (using more than 1.6 gallons per flush). This program is also available statewide until funds are depleted.

To learn about all the actions the state has taken to manage our water system and cope with the impacts of the drought, visit the Drought.CA.Gov. Every Californian should take steps to conserve water. Find out how at SaveOurWater.com.

Information for this release provided by the California Urban Water Conservation Council.

Written by Joel Metzger