Reduce your water use and promote sustainability with Metropolitan Water District’s Turf Replacement Program.


Every Turf Replacement Project must include:


  • 3 plants per 100 square feet of area transformed
  • A stormwater retention feature
  • No hardscape within the transformed area, except permeable hardscape
  • Replacement or modification of overhead spray sprinklers


Please read the following before starting your application

The Application Process


Two-part application on our official rebate website SoCalWater$mart


1. Project Start Approval

  • Before you begin your project or remove any grass, you must apply for a reservation


2. Rebate Application

  • After the reservation, you will have 180 days to complete the project and submit your request for a rebate

The Rebate


  • Rebate of $2.00 per square foot up to 5,000 square feet of converted yard
  • Your water agency may offer an additional rebate incentive
  • You may be eligible for additional rebates on devices such as weather based irrigation controllers, soil moisture sensors, rotating nozzles, rain barrels or cisterns



Check estimate my rebate for incentives offered in your area.

Sustainable Approach Video Guides

Turf Replacement Program requires at least one of the following components. Check out these quick videos for inspiration.

After the Lawn is Gone: Waterwise Gardens (26m 47s)

Once your lawn is gone, you have a blank slate for design.  Learn about planning for your new waterwise garden with talk about smart features, a visit to a nursery and the inspiration of a just-planted garden that saves water and blooms beautifully.

Bye Bye Grass: How to Remove Your Lawn (26m 45s)

Lawns are the thirstiest and most resource-intensive plants in our gardens and don't really belong in our climate. See different ways to remove a lawn and create a more water-efficient landscape.

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Many of the flower and garden images are courtesy of the Theodore Payne Foundation.