On Wednesday, the California Department of Water Resources announced their new $30 million rebate program, known as “turf and toilet.” The program is aimed at helping Californians reach Governor Jerry Brown’s targeted water cutbacks via water conservation.
Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond approved by voters in 2014, will be used to finance this rebate program. $24 million from Proposition 1 will be used to provide a $100 consumer rebate to replace one old toilet per household. Consumers who wish to replace their lawn with artificial turf can receive up to $2 per square foot – up to 1,000 square feet per household.
DWR estimates that more than 10,000 homes will benefit from the turf rebate aspect of the program. The state is putting aside $12 million of the turf removal rebates for disadvantaged individuals in areas where water basins have run dry.
Around 60,000 older, less efficient toilets are expected to be replaced through the program.
To learn more about the program and qualifications, click here.