Participation Process

Turf Removal Rebate Program Participation Process

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This is a self-directed application website. You must complete your steps to push your application to completion. Failure to proceed through the application process will delay your rebate payment. The details of the Turf Removal Rebate Program participation process are provided below.

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

    Site plan
    • A simple hand drawn or computer generated site plan showing the proposed turf removal area, along with a description of the items (i.e. plants, mulch) intended to be installed in place of the turf, must be submitted with the application
      • The site plan must identify which Sustainability infiltration and/or rainwater/irrigation runoff capture feature is going to be implemented.
      • Your site plan must indicate where this feature will be located.

    Photos of your current turf area
    • Color photos (4 to 6) must show the current turf grass area at the time of applying for the Turf Removal Rebate Program. Google Earth/satellite images will not be accepted in place of photos. 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 upload these documents will result in your application being cancelled.
  2. If your application is approved, a mandatory on-site Pre-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. The 60 day project completion period starts with receipt of the Letter to Proceed.
    • Any disputes over turf measurement or eligibility of a project should be established at the time of Pre-Inspection or upon receipt of your Letter to Proceed. Do not accept your Letter to Proceed (a function within the application website) if you have disputes over measurements or eligibility.
    • Do not remove turf 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 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 web portal and uploading a minimum 4-6 color photos of the completed project area and all applicable/required receipts/invoices.
    1. Photos must be taken during daylight hours, at appropriate angles, with visible points of reference, and at a sufficient distance to allow for review.
    2. Invoices and receipts representing project costs must be legitimate documents from a licensed business.
    3. Eligible fees may include, dumping fees, rental equipment, design work, and labor performed by a licensed California Landscaping Contractor. The purchase cost of a tool is not considered a project cost. If the work is performed by an unlicensed party, labor costs will not be considered as part of the overall project cost. The license must be a C27 type, and the license number must be included on the Contractor’s invoice/receipt you submit.
    4. 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.
  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 Turf Removal Rebate Program 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 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.