Desert Water Agency recently added $1 million to its water conservation budget to allow more customers access to incentives to remove and replace grass.
This is the second time this year the agency has increased funding for the program.
The additional $1 million will allow customers that have already applied to get their projects funded. It will also allow for more customers to get new conversion projects funded without waiting until the new budget in July.
More than 70 percent of water in the Coachella Valley is used outdoors, so replacing grass with drought tolerant plants or artificial turf is the best way to save water.
DWA customers can receive $3 per square foot and low-income residents may qualify for up to $8 per square foot.
Go to www.dwa.org/grass to learn more about the program or apply.
DWA also offers incentives on smart controllers (up to $250), water efficient nozzles ($5 per nozzle plus an extra $2 per nozzle for install), and EnergyStar washing machines (up to $250).
To learn more about incentives, go to www.dwa.org/save