PROGRAM TERMS AND CONDITIONS

TURF REMOVAL PROGRAM

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Municipal Water District of Orange County will continue to administer the Turf Removal program, while observing current federal, state, and local guidelines.

If you have already removed your turf, your project is not eligible for this program. Additionally, projects must not be started prior to the receipt and acknowledgement of this Program’s Letter to Proceed.

  • Program funding and participation varies by city and water provider. Please visit the Turf Removal Rebate Program Home page to find out if your water provider is offering the program in your area.
  • All approved participants must complete their project within 60 days from the date of their Letter to Proceed.
  • Your Turf Removal Project will have mandatory Pre- and Post-Inspections.
  • Do not start removing your turf before you receive your Letter to Proceed.

If the Pre and/or Post-Inspections cannot be scheduled and/or completed, your rebate will not be issued.

  • Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Metropolitan) and/or Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) reserve the right to verify and perform a second on-site post inspection, of any project at any time. This can be before, during, and/or after project completion.
  • 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.
  • Residential sites are eligible for an annual (July 1 to June 30) maximum of 5,000 square feet of turf removal. (Some retail water agencies may allow higher caps. Please contact your local water agency for more information).
  • 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.
  • Turf removal projects in parkways must meet all city requirements. Please contact your municipality for more information.
  • Commercial sites are eligible for an annual (July 1 to June 30) maximum of 50,000 square feet of turf removal. (Some retail water agencies may have higher caps. Please contact your local water agency for more information.)
  • Public sites are eligible for an annual (July 1 to June 30) maximum of 200,000 square feet of turf removal (Some retail water agencies may have higher caps. Please contact your local water agency for more information.)
    • Commercial and public sites may phase their projects across multiple years. MWDOC does not guarantee funding or that the current level of funding will be available in future years. Commercial and Public sites will need to re-apply for all future year phases, and the application date establishes the year in which the current term and funding levels will be assigned. For purposes of this Program, the Program year begins July 1 and ends June 30.
  • Projects not completed within 60 days of the Letter to Proceed date may not receive a rebate.
  • To request a possible project extension, please contact the Turf Removal Rebate Program staff if your project will not be ready for a post inspection within 60 days of the program’s Letter to Proceed date.

Project Specific Criteria

  • The Project area must have at least 3 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 3. All new plants that will count towards your plant count must be planted where the turf was removed.
    • Example: if your total project area (front yard, or front and back yard) totals 1,000 sq.-ft., you must have 30 plants planted in the ground. Plants will be counted during the mandatory Post-Inspection.
  • Completed project area cannot contain any plants that are or appear to be turf or turf-like.
  • Include a three (3) inch deep ring of organic mulch surrounding all plants. Acceptable forms of organic mulch include shredded bark, bark nuggets or wood chips.
  • Project must have a design component to capture rainfall through infiltration, retention, or on-site storage for reuse. This is called the ‘Sustainability’ feature of this Program. Project areas without one of these features will not be paid a rebate. There are 6 Sustainability features to choose from, you must choose at least one (a more detailed description of each can be found on our website). They include:
    • Rain Barrels or Cisterns
    • Rain Gardens
    • Berms
    • Vegetated Swales
    • Dry River Beds
    • Rock Gardens
  • Synthetic Turf is not eligible for a rebate through this Turf Removal Program and could void your rebate.
  • Invasive plants are not allowed to be installed in your project area. Please see our website for a full list of invasive plant species
  • The irrigation system in the project area must be a low flow system (drip or high efficiency, low precipitation rotating nozzles). If part of a lawn is converted, the sprinkler system must be properly modified to provide adequate coverage to the remaining lawn without spraying the converted area.
  • If the irrigation system is not replaced with a low-flow system, it must be properly capped off or removed and hand-watered.
  • All exposed soil must be covered with at least a 3” layer of mulch. Acceptable mulch includes but is not limited to: compost, bark, wood chip, decomposed granite, river rock. Mulch is not required in areas planted with creeping or rooting groundcovers. Only organic mulch is acceptable around base of plants.
  • 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.
  • Turf areas replaced with structures will not be eligible for a rebate. Some examples of built structures include: raised patios, decks and garages.
  • 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.
  • Converted area is permeable to air and water.
  • The converted area must remain in compliance with all Program conditions for a period of fifteen (15) years. This includes the Sustainability component and quantity of plants components. 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/subsequent owners.
  • By participating in the Turf Removal Rebate Program, you authorize the release of your water consumption history from your water provider.
  • 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.
  • All local laws, ordinances, etc., must be followed, including requirements to hire contractors that have valid business licenses
  • Applicants are welcome to do the work themselves; however, applicant labor will not be eligible for reimbursement. 
  • Fees eligible for reimbursement:
    • Dump Fees
    • Delivery Fees
    • Tool Rentals
    • Landscape Design Plans
    • Plant materials
    • Mulch, gravel, DG, etc.
    • Irrigation materials
    • Other as applicable
  • Rebate amount will not exceed eligible program costs. Invoices and/or receipts are used to calculate your final rebate.
    • Invoices should not be handwritten.
    • Invoices must include proof of payment (signature from contractor attesting that the full amount has been paid, or the submittal of credit card statements/canceled checks).
    • Receipts for materials must be legible
  • We encourage working with a C-27 License Landscaping Contractor whenever possible
  • MWDOC, your retail water agency and/or their representative will review photos of your landscape prior to, and after being renovated. MWDOC has the right to use those photos for reproduction or promotional purposes.

 

RELEASE OF CLAIMS AND INDEMNIFICATION

Neither the Municipal Water District of Orange County, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the California Department of Water Resources, the United States Bureau of Reclamation, your retail water agency, or their contractors or agents makes any representation or warranty regarding the contracted services or products that you may select for your Project under this Program. Removal of turf and installation of water efficient devices and plants does not guarantee reduced water use.

This Rebate Application and all of the personal information listed in it is a public record and will be made available to any member of the public who requests it.  By signing this Application, Applicant acknowledges that Applicant has no privacy expectation to this information and waives any claim to such.

By participating in the Program and accepting the rebates provided, you thereby release the Municipal Water District of Orange County, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the California Department of Water Resources, the United States Bureau of Reclamation, your retail water agency, or their contractors or agents from any and all claims and causes of action that may arise out of your removal of turf from your property and/or the purchase, installation, and/or use of water efficient devices in connection with this Program. Any and all claims or causes of action you may have in connection with any defect or failure of performance of any contracted service or installed product or device provided to you for your Project may only be pursued with the contractor you hired or the appropriate manufacturer/distributor.

The Municipal Water District of Orange County, your retail water agency, and/or their representative will take photos of landscapes being renovated through this Program and use those photos for reproduction or promotional purposes. Identifying location features, such as address numbers, will not be included in any promotional materials.

The Municipal Water District of Orange County, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and your retail water agency are responsible for operating and enforcing the terms and conditions of the Program. You, as the Program Participant, are responsible for ensuring that your Project complies with all applicable Federal, State and local laws, as well as applicable CC&Rs and/or HOA restrictions. Quality of work and appearance of the converted area are the responsibility of the Participant.

Further, you agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Municipal Water District of Orange County, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the California Department of Water Resources, the United States Bureau of Reclamation, your retail water agency, or their contractors or agents from all liability and claims of any kind arising out of or related to your removal of turf and purchase, installation, and use of water efficient devices in connection with this Program.

DRIP CONVERSION PROGRAM

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Municipal Water District of Orange County will continue to administer the Spray to Drip program, while observing current federal, state, and local guidelines.

If you have already converted to drip irrigation or do not have working spray irrigation in your spray to drip conversion area, your project is not eligible for this program. Additionally, projects must not be started prior to the receipt and acknowledgement of the Program’s Letter to Proceed.

  • Program funding and participation varies by city and water provider. Please visit the Spray to Drip Rebate Program Home page to find out if your water provider is offering the program in your area.
  • All approved participants must complete their project within 60 days from the date of their Letter to Proceed.
  • Your Spray to Drip Project will have mandatory Pre- and Post-Inspections.
  • Do not start converting your irrigation before you receive your Letter to Proceed.

If the Pre and/or Post-Inspections cannot be scheduled and/or completed, your rebate will not be issued.

  • 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.
  • The property must receive water service from a participating retail water agency
  • All application submittals must include a simple site plan of the area to be converted.
  • Only drip irrigation equipment listed on the Eligible Products List is eligible for rebate.
  • Microspray, point source emitters, and drippers are not rebate eligible under the Program. See samples of non-eligible equipment under the Eligibility tab on our website.
  • All projects must install pressure regulation and filtration as part of the conversion process.
  • Each converted irrigation valve must contain eligible Pressure Regulator and Filter and Inline Emitter Tubing.
  • All local laws, ordinances, etc. must be followed, including requirements to hire contractors that have valid business licenses.
  • Applicants are welcome to do the work themselves; however, applicant labor is not eligible for reimbursement. 
  • All invoices, including contractor invoices, must include price, SKU/model numbers, manufacturer, and quantities of the rebate-eligible products purchased.
  • Rebate amount will not exceed eligible program costs.  Invoices and/or receipts are used to calculate your final rebates
    • Invoices should not be handwritten.
    • Invoices must include proof of payment (signature from contractor. attesting that the full amount has been paid, or the submittal of credit card statements/canceled checks).
    • Receipts for materials must be legible.
    • Purchased equipment must be listed on the Eligible Products List to be eligible for rebate.
  • We encourage working with a C-27 License Landscaping Contractor whenever possible
  • The conversion must replace working standard spray irrigation with drip irrigation.
  • Residential sites are eligible for an annual (July 1 to June 30) maximum of 5,000 square feet of Spray to Drip conversion area.
  • A minimum of 250 square feet of irrigation area must be converted.
  • Commercial sites are eligible for an annual (July 1 to June 30) maximum of 45,000 square feet of Spray to Drip conversion area.
  • Public sites are eligible for an annual (July 1 to June 30) maximum of 45,000 square feet of Spray to Drip conversion area.
    • Commercial and public sites may phase their projects across multiple years. MWDOC does not guarantee funding or that the current level of funding will be available in future years. Commercial and Public sites will need to re-apply for all future year phases, and the application date establishes the year in which the current term and funding levels will be assigned. For purposes of this Program, the Program year begins July 1 and ends June 30.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • MWDOC, your retail water agency and/or their representative will review photos of your landscape prior to, and after being renovated. MWDOC has the right to use those photos for reproduction or promotional purposes.
  • By submitting this application, you are authorizing your retail water agency to release your water consumption history and data.
  • The converted area must remain in compliance with all Program conditions for a period of fifteen (15) 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.

RELEASE OF CLAIMS AND INDEMNIFICATION

Neither the Municipal Water District of Orange County, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the California Department of Water Resources, the United States Bureau of Reclamation, your retail water agency, or their contractors or agents makes any representation or warranty regarding the contracted services or products that you may select for your Project under this Program. The purchase and installation of water efficient devices and plants does not guarantee reduced water use.

This Rebate Application and all of the personal information listed in it is a public record and will be made available to any member of the public who requests it.  By signing this Application, Applicant acknowledges that Applicant has no privacy expectation to this information and waives any claim to such.

By participating in the Program and accepting the rebates provided, you thereby release the Municipal Water District of Orange County, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the California Department of Water Resources, the United State Bureau of Reclamation, your retail water agency, and their contractors and agents from any and all claims and causes of action that may arise out of the purchase, installation, and/or use of water efficient devices in connection with this Program. Any and all claims or causes of action you may have in connection with any defect or failure of performance of any contracted service or installed product or device provided to you for your Project may only be pursued with the contractor you hired or the appropriate manufacturer/distributor.

The Municipal Water District of Orange County, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the California Department of Water Resources, the United States Bureau of Reclamation, and your retail water agency are responsible for operating and enforcing the terms and conditions of the Program. You, as the Program participant, are responsible for ensuring that your Project complies with all applicable Federal, State and local laws, as well as applicable CC&Rs and/or HOA restrictions. Quality of work and appearance of the converted area are the responsibility of the participant.

Further, you agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Municipal Water District of Orange County, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the California Department of Water Resources the United States Bureau of Reclamation, your retail water agency, and their directors, officers, employees, contractors and agents from all liability and claims of any kind arising out of or related to your purchase, installation, and use of water efficient devices in connection with this Program.