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The state of California has made it clear that water conservation rebates are not taxable. However, current federal IRS tax rules are not clear. The IRS has made it clear that CCWD is required to issue 1099 forms to individuals and companies that receive $600 or more in rebates in a calendar year. Therefore, CCWD now requires program participants that are approved to receive $600 or more in rebates in a calendar year to complete an IRS W-9 form and submit it to CCWD before receiving their rebate. Then in January of each year CCWD will issue 1099 forms to those customers that received $600 or more in rebates. Note, water agencies, state officials and members of Congress continue to work with federal tax officials to request that they treat water conservation rebates the same as they do the tax-free energy efficiency rebates. For more information, see Potential Federal Tax on Water Conservation Rebates.
1. The District needs to inspect participating properties to ensure the landscapes are not being converted back to lawns.2. Front lawns are less likely to be play areas for children and pets compared to backyards. Therefore, front yard conversions are less likely to convert back to lawns than backyard conversions.3. Front lawns can ‘advertise’ to neighbors to do the same, so they act as marketing for the program.
Note: Conservation programs are a way for CCWD to help provide water supply for the future. As such, CCWD wants to make sure the savings remain into the future.
Plants must be low water needing and adaptable to our local climate. Plants must be listed on the CCWD Approved Plant List (PDF). Plants not found on this list will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
No. All lawn conversion areas must contain enough plants to cover at least 50% of the area with living plants once the plants are fully grown. However, a participant may install up to 20% of the total area to be rebated with artificial grass, if the 50% living Plant Cover requirement is met. In addition, the artificial grass must be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s installation specifications. The installation must be permeable to water and air. Patio carpet or “Astroturf” type products are not eligible.
Yes. Concrete and other non-permeable surfaces may be used but cannot make up more than 20% of the total area to be rebated. Permeable hardscape (which allows water to soak into the soil) such as gravel, brick, pavers or flagstone with permeable, mortar-less material for grout (such as sand and gravel) can make up a larger percentage of your project, but the conversion area must still meet the fifty percent (50%) living Plant Cover requirement.
Yes. Flagstone pathways and patios where the individual stones are set and/or separated by sand or gravel (which allow water to soak into the soil) are allowed. Non-permeable surfaces such as Flagstone pathways where the stones are set on concrete and/or the joints between the stones are grouted or sealed cannot make up more than 20% of the total area to be rebated. Keep in mind that the conversion area must still meet the fifty percent (50%) living Plant Cover requirement.