In September 2019, the City Council/Indio Water Authority (IWA) Board approved a significant increase in turf removal incentives to reduce out-of-pocket costs for customers and enhance the overall quality of turf replacement projects.
Residential Customers: Increase from $1 to $2 per square foot of turf removed and an increase in the payout limit from $1,500 to $20,000.
Commercial, Irrigation and Institutional Customers: Increase from $1 to $2 per square foot of turf removed and an increase in the payout limit from $4,000 to $60,000.
City/School/Government (Public Facilities): Increase from $1 to $3 per square foot of turf removed and an increase in the payout limit from $4,000 to $150,000.
“We proposed the increases to the Board as part of a water supply strategy to increase water efficiency while improving landscape quality across Indio," said IWA General Manager Trish Rhay. "We are not against turf grass when it is the right size and in the right place, but many times it goes unused and still requires a lot of water. We hope this added incentive will inspire our customers to beautify their neighborhoods with water-smart landscapes.”
Since the increases went into effect, 67 customers across the city have replaced about three acres of thirsty lawns with more water-efficient, low-maintenance and beautiful landscaping. This represents a $300,000 investment in securing Indio’s water future and making the City more beautiful, colorful, and sustainable.
You can be part of this beautiful journey and can start today by replacing underutilized turf areas and narrow strips (less than eight feet wide) with more water-efficient landscapes.
IWA has $250,000 in turf rebate funds available. Visit our website at www.indiowater.org/conservation for program details – before funding runs out! You can also call (760) 391-4038 and a Service representative will be glad to guide you through the application process.