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Remove Green. Receive Green.

Help California save water by removing your grass. Say goodbye to the hassle, maintenance, and expense of lawns.

Note: IRWD is continuing to fund its own turf removal program despite the cancellation of the MWDOC program. IRWD customers should continue to submit their applications for turf removal projects.

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Residential Customers

Receive $2 per sq.ft.
Capped at max of 2,000 sq.ft.
250 sq.ft. minimum
See FAQ below for more details


Commercial Customers

$2 per sq.ft.
Annual limit (365 days) of $50,000 per property
and maximum of 25,000 sq.ft. removed


Public Agency

$2 per sq.ft. 
Annual limit (365 days) of $100,000 per property
and maximum of 50,000 sq. ft. removed


Examples of Turf Areas that DO and DO NOT qualify for the Turnkey Turf Removal Program

*Turf Rebate is no longer available for recycled water customers.
**Participation in rebate programs could be discoverable under the California Public Records Act.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the rebate process and how long does it take?

Customers start the rebate process by filling out the application here. Normally, customers receive a response within 2-3 weeks* for an inspection date, where an employee comes out to measure the landscape area and confirm the presence of turf. The customer then receives a Notice to Proceed. The work must be completed within 60 days but extensions may be granted if needed. A post-inspection will be conducted after work is completed. If approved, a rebate check will be mailed out. Please allow 8-10 weeks for delivery of the rebate check. Rebate funding for your project is not established until you receive your Notice to Proceed. It may take up to 5 weeks to process and send out your Notice to Proceed.

*Due to increased participation in this program, processing times have increased.

Do I have to keep watering my grass while I wait for my inspection?

No. You may allow your grass to brown out while waiting for your inspection but be sure to leave it in place so it can be measured for your rebate amount.

As long as the presence of grass is still evident, then you still qualify for the rebate. The grass’ condition does not matter. Areas where grass is absent, such as bare soil patches, will not be counted.

I already removed my grass. Can I get the rebate?

No. Rebate applications must be filled out prior to removing your grass.

My HOA won’t allow me to replace turf. What can I do?

AB 2100 prohibits HOAs from imposing fines against homeowners for reducing or eliminating irrigation during drought, while AB 2104 states that any provision of an HOA's governing documents (CC&Rs, etc) is void and unenforceable if it prohibits the use of low water-using plants or replacement of turf.

If you are still having trouble with your HOA, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 949-453-5581.

Is artificial turf covered by the rebate?

Yes, as long as it is permeable to air and water.

I am planning to replace turf with cement, do I qualify?

No. At least 50% of the turf must be replaced with water-efficient plants. The rest may be replaced with permeable material such as mulch, rocks, stone, pavers, etc. Flagstone must be on sand base and filled, not cemented in.

The rebate amount won’t cover all my costs to replace my turf. What can I do?

The rebate is meant as an incentive to replace turf and to subsidize replacement costs, not completely eliminate them. However, with newly-approved IRWD rates calculated based on water-efficient landscape rather than turf, residents can expect savings through their water bill.

Replacing turf is also a great way to help California save water.

 I don’t have the minimum 250 sq. ft. required. Can I still apply?

If you are removing all the turf on your property and still have less than 250 sq. ft., you are still eligible for the rebate. However, the requirements state that all turf on the property must be removed if under the 250 sq.ft. minimum.

 Do you have landscapers you recommend to help us replace our lawn?

For a list of landscapers that have completed IRWD training, please visit this page

How can I learn more about which plants are water-efficient?

IRWD offers free workshops and resources to IRWD customers. You can sign up for RightScape Garden workshops here. Also check out our Landscape Resources for more resources on how to choose the right plants for your garden.

Do I need to change or modify my existing irrigation system?

The irrigation system must be modified or converted to apply water at a low flow, like a drip irrigation system, or low precipitation rate, like water-efficient nozzles which we also offer a rebate for. High efficiency of the system is a must. Ex. Convert system to drip irrigation or retrofit spray heads with water efficient nozzles.


RightScape Resources
Detailed photos of RightScapes and plant lists along with landscape design advice

University of California Turf Identiication Website

IRWD Turf Removal Video
Find out how easy it is to remove turf from a Lake Forest couple who benefited from the rebate.

Tree of Life Nursery Resources
Questions? Call our Water Use Efficiency Department at (949) 453-5581 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..