Incentives, Rebates and Resources

West Basin Municipal Water District customers (click here for map of West Basin's service area):
  • South Bay Environmental Services Center - "The South Bay Environmental Services Center (SBESC) is the South Bay's clearinghouse for energy efficiency, water conservation and environmental information; workshops, materials and outreach [and incentive programs]." Click here to link to their website.
  • Single Family Residents - "have access to FREE high-efficiency toilets through West Basin's high-efficiency toilet (HET) give-away program event. Keep an eye on our News & Events page for an HET event in your neighborhood." Read more...
  • Green Living For Apartments and Condos Programs - "offers cash rebates, free devices, and free installation for water-saving devices for apartments, condominiums, townhomes, duplexes, triplexes, and mobile homes. Devices offered include water-efficient showerhead, kitchen faucet aerators, compact fluorescent lightbulbs and high-efficiency toilets." Read more...
Los Angeles Department of Water & Power customers:
  • Free Rain Barrel/Rain Garden Program - Retaining and recharging ground water or reusing water is the “R” in the OFG Program’s motto, “CPR for the Landscape” (Conservation, Permeability and Retention). They’ll come to your place and install either a rain gutter redirection device to a rain barrel or direct it into your landscape. Per the website, “The installation and equipment costs for this project are worth up to $250, but they will be provided at NO COST to you for this pilot program. First preference is going to be given to those residents and businesses that live in the pilot program’s 3 neighborhoods of Jefferson, Sawtelle and Mar Vista, but ALL Los Angeles residents are encouraged to apply.” Click here to sign up. For more information on the program or if you have questions, contact Codi Harris with S. Groener & Associates (sub-contractor doing the outreach program) at (562) 597-0205 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (562) 597-0205      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (562) 597-0205 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (562) 597-0205 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (562) 597-0205 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (562) 597-0205 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (562) 597-0205 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

  • Residential Drought Resistant Landscape Incentive Program (aka Cash for Grass) - $1.00 per square foot of grass replaced by native landscaping. Call 888-376-3314to sign up. Click here to read an L.A. Times article about it. Click here to sign up (if you have any questions after reading through the material, call 888-376-3314). Lastly, click here for info on other water reducing incentive programs.
  • The Drip Irrigation System Program (Drip Program) - a pilot program - was approved by the LADWP Board on April 7th, 2009. Under the Drip Program single-family residential water customers will receive a free starter drip irrigation system. They are handing these out to customers that are doing turf-reduction projects only. They will get feedback from these customers before we move forward with a full blown program. Ask about it when you apply for the turf removal/landscape incentive program.
  • Trees for a Green LA Program - click here for details on how to get free shade trees.
  • Free mulch - for LA City and County residents. Click here for the list of 8 locations around LA City, with maps. The mulch is made from LA City green waste bin material that’s been cleaned and “cooked:”

    “The mulch originates as yard trimmings which have been placed in the green containers by the City residents and collected by City crews engaged in residential refuse/recycling collection. Although we can't control what residents place in the green containers each week, we expend a lot of effort in cleaning the material before and during the grinding and processing process. No chemicals or additives are introduced into the material."

    - Paul Blount, City of LA. (818) 834-5125

Metropolitan Water District's additional incentives and rebates:
  • SoCal Water$mart, the residential water efficiency rebate program, will re-launch on a full region-wide basis throughout Metropolitan Water District territory beginning on August 1, 2009. At that time, reservations will be available for all residential customers throughout the six-county region for all five product categories. We look forward to working with you in the new program and fiscal year to bring water savings and high quality products to our customers. Following are key program updates.

    Reservations Required
    Please note that as of April 1, 2009 reservations are required for all customers. Applications will no longer be processed for any purchases without reservations, including for products purchased prior to the April 1 transition. We are working hard to ensure that all retail and distributor locations have removed all applications and are informing customers about the reservation system.

    Product Coverage and Rebate Amounts
    There are changes to some product requirements and rebate amounts. We are updating program materials and will be working in a variety of ways to support suppliers and customers with accurate information before and at the time of purchase. Any retailers, distributors, or contractor groups interested in setting up program training can contact the program at .

  • High efficiency clothes washers: $300
  • High efficiency toilets (WaterSense qualified, 1.28 gpf): $50
  • Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers (SWAT tested; add-on devices are not rebated as stand-alone, must be purchased at same time as compatible controller)
(<1> --- (1+ acre): $25/station
  • Rotary nozzles, new requirement to include pressure regulating heads: $4/nozzle
  • Synthetic turf: $0.30/sq ft
  • LADWP customers are also eligible to receive turf removal rebates at $1 sq ft.
Las Virgenes Municipal Water District:
  • Rebates - refer to those listed above for MWD.
  • Free compost - click here for details.
  • Waterwise plant suggestions - click here for details.
  • Irrigation controller scheduling data - click here for details.