San Diego County Water Authority WaterSmart Turf Replacement Program:

Thank you for visiting the Water Authority’s WaterSmart Turf Replacement Program website. Due to the high number of applications received, program funding has been exhausted and we are unable to accept additional applications at this time. For questions about the status of existing applications for the Water Authority’s turf rebate program, please call 1-866-685-2322.


Metropolitan Water District of Southern California SoCal Water$mart Turf Removal Program:

As of July 9, 2015, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s SoCal Water$mart Turf Removal Program has also stopped taking rebate applications because funding has been exhausted. A waitlist has been created in case funds become available in the fall. To join the waitlist, please submit a completed application (http://socalwatersmart.com/) and agree to the terms and conditions online. If funding becomes available, applications will be processed from the waitlist on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applicants on the waitlist who are approved for a rebate reservation will receive an email in November. Please note that in order to be considered for a rebate, applicants must not start projects until after receiving an email confirming their projects have been approved. Submittal of an application does not guarantee approval or payment.

If you have any questions, please contact SoCal Water$mart’s customer service hotline at 1-888-376-3314. Please note due to the popularity of the program and heightened interest from the Governor's drought declaration in early April, call wait times for the Customer Service line and rebate processing times have increased.




Residents, businesses, homeowner associations and public agencies in San Diego County are eligible for rebates to help pay for replacing turf grass with water-efficient landscaping options more suited to the county’s semi-arid climate.

The San Diego County Water Authority’s program offers $1.50 per square foot, and this website includes everything you need to know to complete a successful project. In addition, the SoCal Water$mart Turf Removal Program offers a separate rebate. For more about that program, go to SoCal Water$mart.com.  

Water Authority and SoCal Water$mart rebates can be combined, though they require separate applications, and they include some differing requirements and limits. Both programs require participants to register and be approved for participation before removing turf grass.

Using water efficiently is a way of life in San Diego County and an important responsibility that comes with living in the beautiful Mediterranean climate that we enjoy. Working together, we can help ensure a reliable water supply while keeping the region prosperous and naturally beautiful for generations to come.

WaterSmart Landscapes provide a number of important benefits.
They include:

Saving Water

WaterSmart landscapes can use about 70% less water than traditional landscaping.

Beautifying Landscapes

WaterSmart landscapes can transform regular yards into neighborhood showpieces.

Reducing Maintenance

State-of-the-art irrigation systems and plants appropriate for the local climate can trim the amount of time spent on yard maintenance.

Minimizing Runoff

WaterSmart landscapes reduce the amount of polluted water that flows into creeks and ultimately ends up in the ocean.

Conserving Energy

WaterSmart landscapes demand less water be treated and transported across the state, saving huge amounts of energy.


This program is made possible by financial support from:

  • The Bureau of Reclamation through a Water Conservation Field Services Grant
  • The California Department of Water Resources’ Integrated Regional Water Management Program financed under the California Water Security, Clean Drinking Water, Coastal and Beach Protection Fund of 2002

The Water Authority is particularly grateful to the Long Beach Water Department for special assistance developing content and other material for the website.



WaterSmart Landscapes

WaterSmart Landscapes combine water-efficient design, state-of-the-art irrigation, climate-appropriate plant selection, and best maintenance practices to create a beautiful and sustainable environment, ideally suited for San Diego County's mild, Mediterranean climate.