Cash for Grass Program to Re-Launch November 1st

By Nikki Garrett Metzger

(Victor Valley) – November 1st is the Cash for Grass program restart date. The “High Desert Saves Water” Conservation Program, funded by Mojave Water Agency and the California Department of Water Resources, provides incentives to remove your lawn and replace it with a desert-smart alternative for an “up to $0.50 per square foot” rebate.

“We’re re-launching the Cash for Grass program on November 1st,” said Tamara Alaniz, Conservation Program Manager at the Mojave Water Agency (MWA). “We had to suspend it due to lack of funding, but we’re able to revive the program through a pretty generous grant from the California Department of Water Resources. It’s called the Prop 84 grant for water conservation programs. So we’re really excited about that.”

According to MWA, homes in the High Desert can use as much as 70% of their total water consumption on outdoor landscaping.  The Cash for Grass program provides the incentive for homeowners to remove their lawn and reduce their water consumption by replacing it with water efficient desert landscaping and drip irrigation systems.

The Proposition 84 Implementation Grant provides a total of $2,000,000 for turf removal rebates within the Mojave Water Agency service area.

“It’s been very popular because people end up seeing and immediate savings on their water bill,” said Alaniz.

Beginning November 1, 2011, homeowners can schedule an appointment with their local water district for a program pre-inspection. Applications with eligibility requirements are now available at local water districts.

Log on to HighDesertSavesWater.org for more information and to find the list of water districts within the Mojave Water Agency service area.

1 comment for “Cash for Grass Program to Re-Launch November 1st

  1. Sherrie Drone
    October 23, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Won’t make any difference for those of us in Thunderbird Water District where we pay a flat fee for useage up to our (undisclosed) allotment and then pay by the gallon

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