Eligibility

Turf Removal Program Eligibility:

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  • Project areas to be converted must show evidence of turf (free of weeds and patches of bare soil) at the time the Pre-Inspection is performed. All sites are subject to a mandatory on-site Pre-Inspection prior to the start of the project in order to be eligible.
  • Well maintained turf areas that have gone brown due to not being watered are eligible as long as the brown turf grass area is free of bare or weedy areas. Bare areas will be subtracted out of the Project’s rebate eligible square footage.
  • The property must receive water service from a participating Orange County, CA retail water agency. Please refer to the Home Page to see if your retail water agency is participating in this Program.
  • Projects must not be started prior to the receipt of the Program’s Letter to Proceed. Turf Removal Rebate Program staff must be able to gather an accurate measurement of your Project’s existing turf grass area during the Pre-Inspection process.
    • Areas which have already been converted are not eligible.
  • The converted area must have a -Sustainability- design component to capture both excess irrigation water and rainfall through retention, infiltration, or on-site storage for reuse. Infiltration and rainwater capture techniques can include: rain gardens, rain barrels, cisterns, berms, swales, or grades. Selected method should allow infiltration or capture of runoff, not channel to impervious surfaces, and must meet all local and regional requirements. Details of each of these are defined on the Sustainability Features Guide.
  • A minimum of 250 square feet of turf must be removed.
    • Exception: Projects less than 250 square feet may qualify if the Project will completely eliminate turf from the entire property.
  • For residential projects, your front yard must be included in your project. Eligible areas are as follows:
    • Front yards, back yards, and/or side yards as long as a minimum of 250 square feet in the front yard is included. Parkways are not considered part of the front yard.
    • If you have less than 250 square feet in the front yard, the entire front yard must be included.
    • If your front yard was previously transformed, you may now do the side and/or back yard as long as it involves more than 250 square-feet.  When submitting your application, you must upload a minimum of two photos clearly showing your transformed front yard.
    • Parkways only - you are allowed to transform only the parkway if the property does not have any turf in the front yard.  Otherwise, the requirement of front yard first applies. Transformations in parkways must meet all city requirments. 
  • Transformed project area must have at least (5) plants per 100 square feet planted in the ground at the time of your post inspection. To calculate your required plant coverage, divide the square footage of your project by 100 and then multiple that result by 5.
    • Example: Project area is 875 sq-ft. 875/100 = 8.75 x 5 = 43.75, round up to 44 plants
    • Example: if your total project area (front yard, or front and back yard) totals 1,000 sq.-ft., you must have 50 plants planted in the ground. Plants will be counted during the mandatory Post-Inspection.
  • Project area cannot contain any plants that appear to be turf or turf-like.
  • Weed barriers must be permeable.
  • Project areas covered with concrete, plastic sheeting, or other impermeable surfaces are not eligible for rebate incentives under the Program, and will disqualify all or a portion of your project.
  • Project areas covered with pavers that are adequately spaced, at a minimum of 2 inches between pavers, may be installed and are eligible for rebate incentives as long as there is a minimum 2 inches between pavers.
  • Project areas that install Pavers and grout and/or mortar the spaces between the pavers are not considered permeable and will disqualify that area from the Program if installed.
  • Project areas converted to swimming pools/Jacuzzis, ponds, fountains, or other water containing fixtures do not qualify.
  • Prior to submitting a rebate application, applicants must have obtained any necessary approvals for their turf removal project from their city’s code enforcement and/or HOA/CC&R board. Delays from your failure to obtain an approval will result in your rebate application being cancelled.
  • Eligibility of sites irrigated with and/or designated to be irrigated with recycled water are subject to approval by the participating Retail Agency. Some recycled water sites may not be eligible.
  • All turf removal conversions, including historic sites, are subject to the terms of their city’s landscape ordinance and must comply with all other applicable Federal, State, and local laws, as well as applicable Homeowners Association Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions.
  • MWDOC, your retail water agency and/or their representative must be allowed to take photos of landscapes prior to, during, and after being renovated through this Program and to use those photos for reproduction or promotional purposes. Site identifying features such as home address number will be avoided.
  • By submitting this application, you are authorizing your retail water agency to release your water consumption history and data.
  • All potential participants should review the following Eligibility Guidelines, Program Terms, and Release of Claims and Indemnification.
  • Since funding is limited, this OFFER IS LIMITED and is available on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible participants only while funding lasts.
  • The converted area must remain in compliance with all Program conditions for a period of five (5) years. If this requirement is violated, you may be required to refund all or a portion of the rebate. This requirement to maintain Program conditions is not binding on successor owners.

Spray to Drip Program Eligibility:

  • Projects that are underway or already completed prior to the receipt of the "Letter to Proceed" (LTP) email are not eligible.
  • The property must receive water service from a participating retail water agency.
  • The conversion must replace working standard spray irrigation with drip irrigation.
  • The rebate is applied towards equipment costs only. Maximum rebate paid will not exceed the cost of purchased drip equipment.
  • There is a lifetime maximum of up to 5 drip kit rebates per RESIDENTIAL address.
  • A minimum of 250 square feet of irrigated area must be converted to drip irrigation. In addition, for RESIDENTIAL projects, each kit must convert a minimum of 250 square feet. For example, if installing one kit, the converted area must be a minimum of 250 square feet. If installing two kits, the minimum converted area must be 500 square feet. For three kits, the minimum converted area must be 750 square feet, and so on up to a maximum of five (5) kits per residential site.
  • COMMERCIAL projects have an annual maximum of 45,000 square feet.
  • All application submittals must include a simple site plan of the area to be removed.
  • All work performed in association with this Project, including completion of the Post-Inspection, must be finalized within 60 days from the date of the Letter to Proceed. Upon completion, the converted area must meet the following minimum requirements:
    • The installed drip irrigation equipment must be listed on the Eligible Products List. Only drip irrigation equipment on the Eligible Products List, as evidenced by the submittal of a purchase receipt, will be eligible to receive a rebate.
    • Each kit must contain a minimum of one eligible Pressure Regulator and Filter and 200 linear feet of eligible Inline Emitter Tubing, 
    • All projects must install pressure regulation and filtration as part of the conversion process.
    • All invoices, including contractor invoices, must include manufacturer, make, model/SKU numbers, quantities, per unit price, and total price of the rebate-eligible products purchased. Labor charges, if any, must be listed as a separate line item.
    • If the project work involves public works as defined by Labor Code section 1720 et seq., then the applicant is responsible for complying with all applicable wage/labor laws and will ensure compliance with these requirements by all of its subcontractors.
  • MWDOC, your retail water agency and/or their representative must be allowed to take photos of landscapes prior to, during, and after being renovated through this Program and to use those photos for reproduction or promotional purposes. Site identifying features such as home address number will be avoided.
  • By submitting this application, you are authorizing your retail water agency to release your water consumption history and data.
  • All potential participants should review the following Eligibility Guidelines, Program Terms, and Release of Claims and Indemnification.
  • All conversions, including historic sites, are subject to the terms of their local agency's landscape ordinance and must comply with all applicable Federal, State and local laws, as well as applicable CC&Rs and/or HOA restrictions.
  • Since funding is limited, this OFFER IS LIMITED and is available on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible participants only while funding lasts.
  • The converted area must remain in compliance with all Program conditions for a period of five (5) years. If this requirement is violated, you may be required to refund all or a portion of the rebate. This requirement to maintain Program conditions is not binding on successor owners.

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