Participation Process

Turf Removal Rebate Program Participation Process

For Spray to Drip Program Participation Process, Click Here

 

Turf Removal Program Checklist Print Version

 

Submitting Your Application

Fill out your Information: Double check your phone number, email address, and mailing address.

Water Bill: Must show the Account Name, Account Number, Date, Address, and Water Agency.

▪The name on the water bill should match the payee name on your application.

Site Plan: Drawn or computer-generated sketch identifying where and what you plan to install in your project area.

▪Make sure your site plan identifies what and where your sustainability feature will be installed.

▪Your site plan must indicate where your required number of plants will be installed.

4-6 Pictures: Images must include all project areas, be in color, and clearly show your current living turf.

▪Pictures must be different from each other and cannot be Google images.

Sign the Terms & Conditions: Read thoroughly to understand what your project needs.

                        ▪Your site must include one or more sustainability features, and must have 3 plants per 100 square feet.

                        ▪For your rebate to include labor performed by a contractor, they must have a C-27 license.

                        ▪You may not start your turf removal until after your pre-inspection and LTP have been processed.

 

After Your Pre-Inspection

Sign your Letter to Proceed (LTP): This will be sent to you after your project has been approved.

 

While Working On Your Project

☐ Be sure to completely remove all of your lawn in the project area, and dispose of all grass material.

☐ Your finished project must have high efficiency irrigation, or the sprinklers must be capped or completely removed.

Remember your Project Deadline!

 

Submitting Your Completed Project

4-6 Pictures: Images must include all project areas, be in color, and clearly show your completed project areas.

Invoices: Must have a description of the work performed or an itemized line item list of materials used.

▪Invoices from a contractor must show a date, property address, detail of work, and be marked paid.

▪If using a licensed contractor, be sure you have inputted their license number.

 

After Your Post-Inspection

W-9 Form: If your rebate amounts to $600 or more, you will be sent a W-9 form to fill out and send back.

▪The name on your W-9 form must match the payee for the water bill.

▪Be sure to send your W-9 form to the accounting department: rebates@mwdoc.com

 

Receiving Your Rebate

☐ Confirm that the payee name and mailing address for the payee on your application is correct.

▪Please allow 4-6 weeks after your project has been approved to receive your check.

 

Important Information Regarding Rebate Checks:

  • Maximum rebate paid will not exceed the cost of the project, as supported by submitted receipts/invoices, and as described on the Program application.
  • Funding is limited. This offer is available on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible Participants only while funding lasts. If funding has been exhausted prior to issuing your rebate check, your project will not receive a rebate. If rebate levels have been modified prior to issuing your rebate, your rebate will be modified.
  • Metropolitan Water District of Southern California may perform a second Post-Inspection of random applications at any time and inspection results may affect payment amount and/or require a refund from participant. Applicant must cooperate with this potential second Post-Inspection.
  • Rebates may be considered taxable income, and a signed IRS W-9 form will be required for rebates of $600 or more. Municipal Water District of Orange County, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and your local retail water agency are not responsible for any taxes, penalties, or interest that may be imposed in connection with your receipt of any rebate.

IN ORDER FOR THE REBATE TO BE ISSUED, ALL PROGRAM TERMS, INSTRUCTIONS, AND GUIDELINES MUST BE MET.

 

Spray to Drip Rebate Program Participation Process

  1. Potential Participant applies to the Spray to Drip Rebate Program via the Spray to Drip Rebate Program web portal. The Participant’s application must include the following documents:

    Site plan
    • A simple hand drawn or computer generated site plan with the spray to drip conversion area clearly identified and marked must be submitted with the application.

    Photos of your current turf area
    • Color photos (4 to 6) must show the spray irrigation system turned on and running in spray to drip conversion area at the time of applying for the Spray to Drip rebate. Photos must be taken during daylight hours, at appropriate angles, with visible points of reference, and at a sufficient distance to allow for review.

    Copy of your water bill
    • Water bills must be as recent 3 months within your application date. The listed payee name and address on your application MUST match the full name and address on your water bill.

      Failure to provide these documents will result in your application being cancelled.
  2. If your application is approved, a Pre-Inspection will be conducted.  The Pre-Inspection may be either photo-based or physical/on-site. If Pre-Inspection is on-site, inspection will be scheduled with the Program applicant. Applicant must be present.
  3. If the Pre-Inspection further qualifies the applicant, a Letter to Proceed will be emailed to the email of record. This will be the Participant’s official approval notice, and Participant can now proceed with their project.
    • Any disputes over the spray to drip conversion area measurement, the number of drip kits approved for your project, or other eligibility disputes should be established at the time of Pre-Inspection or upon receipt of your Letter to Proceed. Do not accept your Letter to Proceed if you have disputes over measurements, kit quantity, or eligibility.
    • Do not commence your spray to drip conversion until you receive your Letter to Proceed and have accepted the terms and conditions associated with your Letter to Proceed. Funding for your project is not established until you receive this document. A Letter to Proceed may take up to 4 weeks after your Pre-Inspection to be sent out. Plan the start of your project to allow for this timeline
  4. Rebate funding and/or quantity of approved kits is reserved based upon the Pre-Inspection measurement. The Pre-Inspection measurement, not to exceed the program cap, is the maximum amount approved for the project and will not be increased.
  5. Participant completes their project and notifies the Program by logging back into the Spray to Drip web portal and uploading a minimum 4-6 color photos of the completed project area and all applicable/required receipts/invoices showing the purchase price paid for the rebate-eligible drip equipment. Rebate amount paid will not exceed the purchase price paid for the equipment.
    • Photos must be taken during daylight hours, at appropriate angles, with visible points of reference, and at a sufficient distance to allow for review.
    • All invoices, including contractor invoices, must include price, SKU/model numbers, manufacturer, and quantities of the rebate-eligible products purchased. Labor, if any, must be listed as a separate line item.
    • All projects must install pressure regulation and filtration as part of the conversion process.
    • Each kit must contain a minimum of one eligible Pressure Regulator and Filter and 200 linear feet of eligible Inline Emitter Tubing.
    • 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 submission of a purchase receipt, will be eligible to receive a rebate. Microspray, point source emitters, and drippers are not rebate eligible for residential projects under the Program. See samples of non-eligible equipment under the Eligibility tab.
    • Invoices and receipts representing project costs must be legitimate documents from a licensed business.
  6. A mandatory on-site Post-Inspection will be scheduled and conducted with the applicant on record (this may occur after your deadline, but you must request it prior to the end of your deadline – 60 days).
  7. If the project passes the Post-Inspection, a rebate check is mailed to Participant within 12 weeks.
  8. Extensions to complete your project are not guaranteed and may be granted on a case-by-case basis. To request a project extension, you must contact the S2D staff prior to the 60 day project term ending. Requests made after the 60 day period may not be granted and rebates not paid.

Important Information Regarding Rebate Checks:

  • Maximum rebate paid will not exceed the cost of the spray to drip equipment, as supported by submitted receipts/invoices. This is an equipment-cost rebate only.  Labor costs, if any, must be listed as a separate line item on receipts.
  • Funding is limited. This offer is available on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible Participants only while funding lasts. If funding has been exhausted prior to issuing your rebate check, your project will not receive a rebate.
  • Metropolitan Water District of Southern California may perform a second Post-Inspections of random applications at any time and inspection results may affect payment amount and/or require a refund from participant. Applicant must cooperate with this potential second Post-Inspection.
  • A rebate check may take up to 12 weeks to be mailed out to Participant.

Rebates may be considered taxable income, and a signed IRS W-9 form will be required for rebates of $600 or more. Municipal Water District of Orange County, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and your local retail water agency are not responsible for any taxes, penalties, or interest that may be imposed in connection with your receipt of any rebate.