Truth be told, no one really wants a brown yard, and a lush green lawn is a heavy burden. Fortunately, there are other solutions. Cal Water and partner agencies of the City of San Mateo offer incentive programs and rebates to convert your yard into a water efficient oasis and provide drought tolerant solutions to conserve water throughout your home. Take a look at these programs to see what you can do to become more drought tolerant.
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs
The PACE program is available to residents and businesses in San Mateo interested in both water reduction and energy efficient projects. These programs will help you finance qualified projects through a variety of providers including California First, HERO, and Figtree. If you’re most interested in creating a drought tolerant yard, eligible landscaping projects range from drip irrigation to artificial turf installation and can also include greywater reuse systems, rotating sprinkler nozzle installation, and other drought tolerant landscaping upgrades. These programs may also be used to finance renewable energy, energy and water efficient improvements, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure throughout your home.
Cal Water Turf Replacement Rebate
Many San Mateo residents are replacing their lawn with drought tolerant plants and water efficient landscaping. A project like this can be a costly investment, but Cal Water’s Turf Replacement Rebate program can help to defray the cost. This program provides the ability to replace an existing lawn with low water use plants. Participants can receive a rebate of $1.00 per square foot if program guidelines are met. And, there are a lot, review them carefully.
Maybe you’re not the outdoor type, but still want to do your part to conserve water. One easy solution is to pick-up a water conservation kit through Cal Water. They are free to residential customers and include a variety of water-saving gadgets that you or a plumber can easily install. Kits include water efficient showerheads, a hose nozzle, faucet aerators for your bathroom and kitchen, and toilet leak tablets.
Regardless of the drought, technology has made appliances so much better and they are more efficient now than ever before. This is the time to replace your old washer or upgrade your toilet with a model that uses less water and energy. In the long run these changes will save you money and you can take advantage of Cal Water’s rebate programs. A list of eligible models are listed on their website, be sure to review before making any purchases.
These are just a few of the programs available through Cal Water and the other partner agencies of the City of San Mateo. Please visit their websites for additional information and check back for future updates on the drought.