Pasadena Water & Power

Turf Removal Program

Turf Removal Update

Important Notice!

Pasadena’s water rebates (turf removal, toilets, clothes washers, etc.) are funded through the Metropolitan Water District’s SoCalWaterSmart program.

Due to the popularity of these programs, funds for FY 2015 have already been committed. Effective May 12, Pasadena customers may continue to submit applications but approval will be on a first-come first-serve basis and subject to funding availability. A discussion will be held at MWD’s board meeting on May 26, 2015 to discuss future funding of water rebates for the remainder of the 2015 calendar year. This does not affect applications that have been submitted prior to May 12.

Submittal of an application request does not guarantee approval or payment. Additional funding may be made available as early as May 26, 2015. Please check SoCalWaterSmart for the most up-to-date program information.  

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.
To help with turf removal projects, rebates are available for $2.00 per square foot of turf removed. This increased turf removal rebate is being provided in response to Governor Edmund G Brown Jr.’s emergency drought declaration.
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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