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Waterwise Landscape Rebate

The Waterwise Landscape Rebate Program provides incentives for Riverside Public Utilities' 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.

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  $2.00 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 $2.00             = $2,000
Cost of the project                                          = $2,200
Rebate calculated                                                = $2,000

1000 square feet of turf removed x $2.00             = $2,000
Cost of the project                                                   = $1,800
Rebate calculated                                              = $1,800

What areas of my yard will qualify for a rebate?

The Waterwise Landscape Program is designed to encourage customers to remove an existing living and irrigated lawn and replace it with a California-friendly, water efficient and drought-tolerant  landscape.  To qualify, you must currently have living irrigated grass in your yard.  This program will only calculate rebates on the area of grass removed.  Other forms of ground cover or foliage will not be calculated in terms of area of grass removed.  

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. Click here to 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. Landscape fabric that allows water to penetrate into the ground must also be used. 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.

What do I need to do to receive a rebate?

First, call RPU at 951-826-5485 to schedule a pre-installation inspection to see if you qualify. Next, complete the Waterwise Landscape project. Finally, 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, 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 at any time.
  • This program is available to RPU residential water customers.
  • To qualify, you must currently have living irrigated grass in your yard. 
  • RPU customers may use both the Water Wise Landscape Program and the Artificial Turf Program in combination with the same landscape project.  However, RPU will only pay the applicable rebate amount for the respective square footage completed under the guidelines of each program. 
  • Application must be submitted and pre-approved by RPU. Project must be completed within ninety (90) days of pre-inspection date in order to qualify for a rebate.
  • Customers can receive incentives of $2.00 per square foot of turf removed or up to 100% of the project’s cost, whichever is lower. There are no minimum project size restrictions. 
  • Before and after photos of the project must be submitted with your application to receive your rebate.
  • Landscaping is subject to inspection for program compliance. Failure to comply may forfeit rebate.
  • The customer must install low water-use landscaping selected from the approved plant list. A minimum of 25% of the conversion area must be planted.
  • The landscape conversion must include a minimum of two inches of mulch between and beneath the plants.
  • Landscape fabric that allows water to penetrate the ground must be used. Non-permeable materials such as concrete or mortared bricks are not permitted.
  • Existing irrigation lines must be removed and replaced by a low-volume drip irrigation system. Spray irrigation and plumbing is not permitted.
  • Program 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