Customers in the Santa Fe Irrigation District can now receive $2.75 per square foot for replacing turf with sustainable landscaping features as part of a New Landscape Transformation Program. Businesses are eligible for $1 per square foot.
This New Program includes requirements for grass removal, irrigation modification, and water retention or filtration to support reuse or soil absorption of rainwater.
Removing turf grass is one of the best upgrades residents or businesses can make to reduce their water use. Other steps – such as converting irrigation systems to drip, hand-watering or installing modified sprinkler heads or systems – ensure that water is used only where needed. In addition, the new landscape program helps to reduce or prevent wasteful runoff using rainwater capture or filtration systems.
Program funding is limited, and participants must comply with requirements that include a simple landscape plan, plant coverage, mulch, rainwater capture and irrigation technology. Qualifying projects generally must remove between 250 and 1,500 square feet of turf in the front yard, though some exceptions apply.
Details about the Landscape Transformation Program are at www.socalwatersmart.com.