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Cash for Grass Rebate Program

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The Waterworks Districts offer customers a rebate for removing water-inefficient grass with drought-tolerant landscaping. Please be advised that the rebate is not available until after completion of the drought conversion project. This means customers will not receive a rebate until after the project is completed and post-inspected. The Cash for Grass program has been a successful program and has removed over 2,000,000 square feet of inefficient turf and replaced it with drought-tolerant, efficient landscaping. If you have any questions, please contact our Water Conservation Hotline at (626) 300-3313.

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Cash for Grass Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Cash for Grass Rebate Program?

The Waterworks Districts offer customers a rebate for removing water-inefficient grass with drought tolerant landscaping. The Rebate Program assists customers with reducing their overall water consumption.

How long will this program last? Is there enough funding for my application?

The program lasts as long as funding is available. Funding is limited. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

How long does it take to get pre-approval?

Due to the popularity of the program, receiving pre-approval for your conversion project will take 2 to 4 months. Funding is limited. Applications will be processed in the order they were received and are subject to funding availability.

Do you have a list of recommended contractors?

The Districts cannot endorse individual contractors. Customers are encouraged to check online listings for reviews in your area.

How long does it take to get a rebate check?

Due to the popularity of the program, please allow at least 4 months for the arrival of your rebate check once your post-inspection has been completed.

My project was recently completed. Can I still apply for the rebate?

No, conversion projects that have been completed are not eligible for the rebate.

I am interested but need financial assistance. Is assistance available for customers to finance a replacement project?

Loans are available to assist customers with landscape replacement projects through Los Angeles County's Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. As an alternative to a rebate, all Waterworks customers qualify for the PACE program which enables property owners to install energy efficiency, renewable energy and water-saving improvements (such as drought tolerant landscaping) to their properties without putting any money down! Under PACE, homeowners may obtain a loan to finance these improvements. Homeowners then repay the loan annually through an assessment on their property tax bill. For more information on this program, please visit


Program Eligibility

  1. Must be a customer of the Los Angeles County Waterworks District Nos. 21, 37, or 40
  2. Grass areas to be replaced must be maintained and should not be overgrown with weeds or brush.
    • Customers with brown or yellow grass are still eligible for the program. The condition of the grass can be verified through historical aerial photography
    • Customers will have six (6) months to complete the conversion project and can immediately stop watering the grass area to be replaced
    • Please note, local city ordinances regarding lawn maintenance are only applicable to maintenance. Customers will not be fined for brown/yellow lawn areas
  3. New landscaping must include, but is not limited to:
  4. Artificial turf is not eligible for a rebate

For District 21, 37, and 40 customers (Kagel Canyon, Acton, and Antelope Valley), apply here

For District 29 customers (Malibu, Topanga, and Marina Del Rey), apply through

For District 36 customers (Val Verde), apply through

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