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Water-Efficient Lawn Conversion Rebates


Latest update: Beginning on Monday, December 1, 2014, Zone 7 is authorizing planting of drought-tolerant plants. All lawn conversion applicants must provide purchased receipts dated December 1, 2014 or later. You will be required to inform Zone 7 when you have completed the installation.

Zone 7 is not authorizing the use of automatic irrigation. If it has not rained for at least a week and watering is absolutely required for the life of the new plants, please hand water with water captured in the shower, captured rain water, recycled water obtained from a wastewater plant or some other non-potable source. The Valley will need to continue to keep outdoor potable water consumption to minimal levels.

If you have any questions, please contact your water utility or Zone 7 conservation staff. Please provide the following information when contacting staff, so that staff can locate the correct file:

  • Customer Name
  • Property Address
  • Water Utility
  • Water Account number


  • To view informational brochure about the rebate program, click here.
  • To view, print, fill out and submit the new rebate application -- either by mail or electronically -- click here.
    • NOTE: If you are an Apple computer user, you will not be able to automatically submit the PDF application electronically. Please save the application to your computer, fill it out, and email it back as an attachment to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
  • For a list of qualifying plants, click here.

Please mail your completed lawn conversion rebate application to your water retailer or Zone 7 Water Agency:  100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore, CA 94551. For more information, call 925-454-5065.


Beginning October 20, 2014, Zone 7's Water Efficient Lawn Conversion Rebate is as follows:

The maximum rebate for single-family property is 50 percent of the costs, up to $750. The maximum for a non-residential property or multi-family property is 50 percent of the costs, up to $4,500.


Effective April 16, 2014, Zone 7 revised its Water Efficient Lawn Conversion rebate program. The rebate for a single-family residence was increased to a maximum $750 (based on square footage converted), and the rebate for a non-residential property or multi-family property was increased to a maximum $4,500.

The rebate was broken up into two phases:

  • 40 percent of the rebate amount will be paid up front for lawn removal, conversion of the sprinkler system to drip irrigation, and replacement with sheet mulching or permeable material.
  • Drought-tolerant plantings will be deferred until Zone 7 authorizes when planting can begin; no plants purchased before that date will be eligible for rebate (since new drought-tolerant plants require water to get established). Therefore, the remaining 60 percent of the rebate amount will be available only after authorized plantings have been completed.

All other program requirements remain in effect.