Rebate: Water-Efficient Lawn Conversion


Dublin home with a lawn converted to drought tolerant plants showing blooms of orange, white and purple

Check Out Our Newly Increased Rebate Amounts for Single Family and Multi-Family Homes, and Commercial Properties!

Zone 7 Water Agency will pay you to remove large sections of thirsty, (water-greedy!) irrigated lawn and convert the area to an attractive water-wise alternative. You can reduce your water bills, enhance your property, and improve the environment. It’s simple and smart.


our customers can now take advantage of newly increased rebate amounts

Effective July 1, 2021, both the rebates for single family properties and commercial or multi-family properties have been increased.

The Water-Efficient Lawn Conversion Program rebates for single-family property will continue to cover up to  50 percent of the costs, with the maximum rebate amount increasing from $750 to $2,000.

The maximum rebate amount for commercial or multi-family property will increase from $4,500 to an up to $6,000 maximum rebate, also covering up to 50% of the costs.

How does it work?

  1. Submit your completed application with plant list and design for pre-approval to Lawn Conversion Application

  2. If your plan is accepted, you will be contacted and a site visit may be scheduled. If your plan is denied, you will receive a letter stating the reason.

  3. With approval and Notice to Proceed, you can begin the work.

  4. As project purchases are made, save all the receipts and submit them at the end of the final inspection.

How long does it take?

Please refer to “Terms and Conditions” below. Please allow up to 12 weeks for processing.

How much is the rebate?

The rebate for a single-family property is 50% of the cost with a maximum of $2,000. The rebate for a non-residential property or multi-family property is 50% of the cost with a maximum of $6,000.

Project Eligibility requirements

  • Resident must be a water customer in good standing with the City of Livermore, the City of Pleasanton or the Dublin San Ramon Services District.

  • The area to be converted must currently be receiving regular sprinkler irrigation.

  • You must convert at least 100 square feet of lawn that is visible from the sidewalk with low or very low water-use plants such as drought tolerant California native and Mediterranean plants. All plants must be “low” or “very low” water use in the California Department of Water Resources’ database, “Water Use Classification of Landscaped Species” or be found in the plant library at

  • Backyard lawn conversions can also qualify, provided a minimum of 200 square feet of lawn is converted in the backyard.

  • At least 50% of the project area must be covered with low-water-use plants when mature. Non-planted areas must be covered with at least three inches of mulch.

  • This rebate will reimburse the cost of purchasing qualified drought-tolerant plants, mulch, compost, permeable hardscapes, and drip irrigation supplies. This rebate cannot be used towards sales tax or the cost of any deliveries, installation, labor, personal items, equipment rental, or tools

  • If residence is in a neighborhood governed by an HOA, printed approval letter from HOA management needs to be submitted with the application.

  • All projects must be approved prior to removing the lawn to be converted. Projects cannot begin until Notice to Proceed has been issued by Zone 7 or your local water retailer.

  • Pre- and post-conversion site inspections may be required.

  • Conversion must remain installed for a minimum of two years.

  • Each water account must be individually metered to allow for evaluation of water savings. You must check with your water utility on other program measures required. Lawn conversion rebates are available only while funds last, so apply soon!

Project Exclusions

  • Plants that are not listed as “low” or “very low” water use in the California Department of Water Resources’ database, “Water Use Classification of Landscaped Species” ( sites/WUCOLS) or in the plant library at
  • Artificial turf or projects that don’t include plants
  • Non-biodegradable weed block materials
  • Front yard projects where there is less than 100 square feet  of lawn converted
  • Back yard projects where there is less than 200 square feet of lawn converted
  • Non-permeable hardscapes, such as concrete, bricks or flagstone, that have been mortared into place
  • Bare soil – all of the converted area must be covered with mulch or other alternative, see above for acceptable alternatives
  • Irrigation systems that are not capped or removed
  • Retroactive conversions
  • California Water Service customers are not eligible for this program. Please click here to see California Water Service’s rebate offerings.

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