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.
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The rebate is one dollar ($1.00) per square foot of lawn replaced. The maximum rebate is $2,000 for single-family residential sites, and $20,000 for multifamily, commercial, and institutional sites.
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.
Lawn areas to be converted may be located anywhere on the property. They must have been irrigated. Brown or dead lawns that are not currently irrigated due to drought are accepted. However, bare dirt or seasonal weed areas that show no signs of the presence of a lawn do not qualify.
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.
Yes. Lawn areas proposed to be converted must have been irrigated, however, brown or dead lawns that are not currently irrigated due to drought are accepted. Bare dirt or seasonal weed areas that show no signs of the presence of a lawn do not qualify.
No. The existing lawn sprinklers in the converted area must be removed, capped, or converted to an approved irrigation method. Any lawn areas remaining outside the converted area must be irrigated separately from the new landscape.
Yes, sites can participate again up to the maximum rebate amount. The maximum rebate amount is $2,000 per single-family residential site, and $20,000 for multi-family, commercial and institutional sites. For example, if a single-family residential site previously converted 500 square feet of front lawn and received a rebate of $500, they may apply to convert remaining front or back yard lawns up to a maximum of $1500.