Turf Replacement Rebate

Prepare your landscape for southern California summers! PWP residential and commercial customers are eligible to receive rebates for replacing turf with drought tolerant and native plants, retrofitting to a drip/efficient irrigation system, and capturing rainwater. The rebate is $3 per square foot for residential customers and $2 per square foot for commercial customers. Residential customers are also eligible to receive $100 per tree for up to five trees.

Program Guidelines

  • Residential customers are eligible to replace turf in front, side, and/or back yard.
  • Project must have a minimum of 250 square feet of turf removed, or if the entire yard is less than 250 square feet, all turf must be removed.
  • Residential customers can remove up to 5,000 square feet and commercial customers can remove up to 50,000 square feet.
  • Completed project area must be covered by at least three (3) plants per 100 square feet.
  • The converted area must be designed to capture rainfall through infiltration or on-site storage for reuse. Infiltration and rainwater has to be achieved using one of the following techniques: rain gardens, rain barrels, cisterns, berms, swales, or grades.
  • A three inch deep ring of organic mulch must surround all plants.
  • Irrigation modification or conversion required for all projects:
    • Convert over-head sprays to drip, micro-spray, bubblers, or rotating nozzle or cap sprinkler heads or remove irrigation equipment and hand-water.
  • No synthetic turf, plants that appear to be turf, or plants categorized as invasive are allowed.
  • Customers must have existing turf. Dead or dying turf or areas with bare dirt will not qualify for a rebate. If your project has already been started or completed, you are not eligible for a rebate.
  • Optional: Residential customers are eligible to also receive $100 per tree for up to 5 trees (for a total of $500) when planting new trees as part of their turf replacement application.

Visit our Drought Tolerant Landscapes page for a variety of resources on how to best transform your turf.

How to Qualify

How to Apply

  • Submit an application on Socal Water$mart, before you replace any turf. 
  • Once you have submitted your application, it will be reviewed and you will receive an email from SoCal Water$mart that your rebate has been reserved, along with a reservation number. Please do not start your turf replacement project until you receive the rebate reservation confirmation.
  • When your project is complete, visit the Turf Replacement Application to request your rebate by completing “Step 2: Rebate Application”
  • Your rebate application will be reviewed and you will receive an email with the results in approximately 4-5 weeks
  • Once approved, you will receive your rebate in 8-10 weeks
  • Visit the How to Apply page to learn more.


  • Only PWP water customers are eligible.