PALMDALE — The Palmdale Water District has rebates to help customers who would like to save water by converting their thirsty lawns into water-wise landscaping.

The District may provide up to $2,000 in cash rebates for replacing lawns with xeriscaping as part of the 2020 Water-Wise Landscape Conversion Program (WWLCP). 

“We are pleased to have additional funds to help customers who want to save water and save money,” Resource and Analytics Supervisor Claudia Bolanos said. 

The program will pay customers $1.50 per square foot of lawn replaced up to $1,500, plus an additional 50 cents per square foot up to $500 for completing the landscaping project within 45 days.

The rebates are not strictly for removing grass in favor of other drought-tolerant plants. Other conversions that meet the water conservation qualifications are also eligible, including artificial turf, mulch, decomposed granite, rocks, ungrouted stepping stones and permeable hardscapes.

“Customers who are thinking about removing their lawn or installing artificial turf should call us to see what their options are before starting work,” Water-Use Efficiency Specialist Robert Rosati said. 

There is no need to hire a landscape architect or designer. A simple sketch with details about what plants are being used is sufficient. Acceptable plants are found in the city of Palmdale’s approved plant list guidelines.

The existing lawn to be replaced does not need to be green in order to qualify. 

Customers will need to fill out an application first, however, and receive approval from the District before starting work to qualify for the rebates.

The program is funded through a $75,000 Bureau of Water Reclamation grant, matched by $75,000 in District funds, officials said. 

The rebates are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, until the designated funds are distributed.

To get started, customers should call 661-456-1001 or visit the District website at https://www.palmdalewater.org/conservation/programs/

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