Texas city launches new Landscape Conversion Incentive Program: Austin pays property owners who swap out lawn

On July 1, 2010, Austin Water Conservation launched a Landscape Conversion Incentive Program to encourage homeowners to conserve water by converting turf areas to native beds and/or permeable hardscapes. To qualify for a rebate, a minimum of 500 square feet of turf must be converted. The amount rebated will be based on whether or not the area is irrigated. Rebate amounts in irrigated areas are $20 per 100 square feet converted. Rebate amounts in areas that receive no irrigation are $30 per 100 square feet converted. Applications will be accepted twice a year — December through February for spring installations and June through August for fall installations. Detailed program requirements and processes can be seen on the application. Read more here.

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