Pasadena Water & Power

Turf Removal Program

Turf Removal Update

Program Overview

Turf grass is one of the most water-intensive plants in your landscape. Its high water use and frequent maintenance make it a time-consuming and expensive yard option. In fact, the average residential customer spends about 60% of their water on outdoor irrigation. By changing turf to a California Friendly™ yard of drought tolerant plants you can save water and money.

Residential customers can receive $2 per square foot for up to 3,000 square feet of turf removed or as much as $6,000. Please Note: Commercial and other non-residential applicants are eligible for a turf removal incentive of $1 per square foot up to a total annual limit of $25,000 per property.

Visit SoCal WaterSmart for full details on how to apply!

Completed Projects

Below are a few examples of completed turf removal projects here in Pasadena. If you'd like some more landscape inspiration, visit our Drought Tolerant Landscaping page designed to help you create your dream water-smart landscape. 
Another helpful tool is PWP's Water-Smart Landscaping Guide custom-made just for Pasadena. Find photos of hundreds of water-saving plants, get watering and plant-care tips, take virtual garden tours, and save favorites. 


For tips on how to save water, click here

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