Green Rebate Programs
Water Efficiency Program

Reduce your water consumption for almost everything that uses water inside or outside of your business.

Which type of Water Efficiency Program would you like to see?
Commercial Waterwise Landscaping Rebate

The Waterwise Landscape Rebate Program provides incentives for Riverside Public Utilities' non-residential water customers who replace existing lawn areas with water-efficient, California-friendly plants.

Please note: You must call RPU at 951-826-5485 to schedule a pre-installation inspection before removing turf and planting. Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 


What are the benefits of installing Waterwise landscaping?

By replacing large turf areas with drought-tolerant, California-friendly landscaping and using efficient irrigation, outdoor water use can be cut by up to 50%. 


What are the rebate amounts?

Customers can receive incentives of up to $3.00 per square foot of turf removed.  The incentive cannot exceed 100% of the cost of the project.  There are no minimum or maximum project size restrictions. 

Example of rebate calculation:

1000 square feet of turf removed x $3.00           = $3,000

Cost of the project                                           = $3,200

Rebate calculated                 = $3,000

1000 square feet of turf removed x $3.00             = $3,000

Cost of the project    = $2,800

Rebate calculated                           = $2,800


How to measure turf areas: 

Use this helpful guide to find out how to accurately measure your existing turf areas.


What plants qualify for this rebate?

Only California-friendly, drought-tolerant plant species qualify for the Waterwise Landscape rebate. You can also
search a catalog of authorized plant species.

If you have questions, please call us at 951-826-5485.


Can I get a rebate for installing concrete?

No. Water must be able to seep through (permeate) new landscapes to be eligible for a rebate. While using concrete in your landscape design is not prohibited, the total square feet of concrete or other non-permeable surfaces used will be deducted from your total rebate amount.  The use of non-mortared bricks, pavers or flagstone may be utilized and will be included when determining the cost of the project.  


What do I need to do to receive a rebate?

1. Call RPU at 951-826-5485 to schedule a pre-installation inspection once you are ready to proceed with your project.  Submission of landscape design is required during the pre-inspection.

2. Complete the Waterwise Landscape project within 90 days of your pre-inspection date.

3. Submit Waterwise Landscape Rebate Program application and attach your original dated sales receipt(s) and mail to:

Riverside Public Utilities Programs & Services
3750 University Avenue 3rd Floor, Riverside, CA 92501


Upon receipt, a post-installation inspection will be scheduled before the rebate is issued.

Still have questions? Give us a call at 951-826-5485 or send us an e-mail.


Program Guidelines

  • Program is subject to fund availability and may be cancelled or modified at any time.
  • This program is available to RPU commercial water customers only.
  • Landscape design must be submitted and pre-approved by RPU.
  • The landscape project must be completed within ninety (90) days of pre-inspection date in order to qualify for a rebate.
  • Customers can receive incentives of up to $3.00 per square foot of turf removed.  The incentive cannot exceed 100% of the cost of the project. 
  • A pre-installation and post-installation inspection is required for program compliance.
  • Before and after photos of the project will be taken by RPU inspectors during your pre and post inspection.
  • The program requires the installation of low water-use landscaping selected from the approved plant list. A minimum of 25% of the conversion area must be replanted.
  • The landscape conversion must include a minimum of three inches of mulch between and beneath the plants.  Mulch is not required in areas of the project that incorporated decomposed granite, pavers, gravel or bark.
  • Non-permeable materials are not permitted.
  • Existing irrigation must be converted to a low-volume drip irrigation system. Spray irrigation and plumbing is not permitted.
  • Program is subject to change without prior notification. Rebates are given on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to fund availability.
  • All General Program Guidelines apply. 


 

 
What Do I Need To Do?
Select the rebate programs of which you would like to participate:
Waterwise Landscape
Complete the application including all applicable receipts and mail to:
Riverside Public Utilities
Programs & Services

3750 University Avenue, 3rd Floor
Riverside, CA 92501
Download Application