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Rebates for Synthetic Turf

As a way to encourage more water conservation, different cities and water districts in the SF Bay Area are offering rebates when an existing lawn is replaced with synthetic turf. These offers usually require an on-site inspection and City approval so check with the city or water district before beginning the lawn conversion to be eligible for a rebate. Due to the ongoing drought, cities and water districts are continually changing their rebate programs, so please check with your local water provider for the most up to date information.

Contra Costa Water District

Serves: Antioch, Bay Point, Brentwood (portion), Clayton, Clyde, Concord, Martinez (portion), Oakley, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Port Costa, and Walnut Creek (portion).

The Contra Costa Water District offers rebates of $1 per square foot of lawn replaced. The maximum rebate amount is $1,000 for a single family residence and $10,000 for non-residential accounts. Special terms and conditions apply.

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For details on obtaining a rebate on the installation of a smart controller in Contra Costa County:

East Bay Municipal Utility District

Serves 1.3 million people in: Richmond, Albany, Berkeley, Piedmont, Oakland, Alameda, San Leandro, Castro Valley, Lafayette, Alamo, Walnut Creek, Danville, & San Ramon.

East Bay MUD offers rebates up to $2,500 for converting a lawn to low water usage plants using drip irrigation. Currently, there is no rebate for converting a lawn to artificial turf.


Estero Municipal Improvement District

Serves Foster City and part of City of San Mateo

This water district is offering rebates on a first-come, first-served basis. New funding was renewed in July 2015, so now is the time to act to qualify for this rebate. Residential Customers – $4.00 per square foot up to a maximum rebate of $3,000 per customer.

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Remaining landscaping, when irrigated with a Smart Controller such as industry leader WeatherTrak, is eligible for another rebate:

Residential Customers (Single-Family, Multi-Family with individual responsibility for watering landscaping):100% of the cost of the controller up to $250 maximum rebate.

Irrigation Customers (Multi-Family residential such as homeowners associations or apartments with responsibility for common area landscaping and commercial customers): 100% of the cost of the controllers up to $50 per station with a maximum rebate of $7,500 for any one customer.

For more details and contact info: http://www.fostercity.org/publicworks/waterdistribution/Smart-Irrigation-Controller-Rebate.cfm

Monterey Area

The California American Water and Monterey Peninsula Water Management District are offering $1 per square foot up to $2,500 for replacing lawn with low water usage plants or permeable surfaces such as synthetic turf.

For more info: http://www.montereywaterinfo.org/LawnRemoval.html

Santa Cruz

The City of Santa Cruz is offering a .50 c per square foot of lawn replaced with synthetic turf, up to a maximum of $500 for single family residential customers & up to $2,500 for multi-family and commercial customers.

For more info: http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/departments/water/conservation/rebates/lawn-removal-rebate

Solano County Water Agency

Serves Fairfield, Vallejo, Vacaville, Suisun City, Benicia, Dixon & Rio Vista


Cash rebates offered for replacing lawns with low water use plants that are drip-irrigated at $1 per sq ft up to a maximum of $1,000. No rebates for replacing lawn with synthetic turf.

Soquel Creek Water District

Serves Aptos, La Selva Beach, Opal Cliffs, Rio Del Mar, Seascape, Soquel, and portions of the City of Capitola.

Soquel Creek Water District offers 50% of materials cost up to $1 per square foot for lawn replaced with synthetic turf.

For more info: http://www.soquelcreekwater.org/conserving-water/rebates/turf-replacement