Water Conservation Rebate Program in Pleasanton, Livermore, and Dublin San Ramon


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Zone 7 Water Agency, which serves Pleasanton, Livermore, and Dublin offers rebates for up to $4,500 for a commercial and multi-family property lawn conversions and $750 maximum for a single-family residences.

If you are a water customer in good standing with the agency, you're visible from side-walk lawn has an existing in-ground sprinkler irrigation system you can apply for the rebates water program. At least fifty percent of the area must be covered with

Water-Efficient plants. Here is the list of qualifying plants:

List of qualifying plants

Don't start your conversion before your application is approved. It, usually, takes up to 12 weeks for processing. The budget is limited, and it has been served on first-come, first-served basis. It is prorated 40/60 split, which means 40% of the costs you will receive the upfront after the approval, and the second part of 60% after the completion. The rebate does not cover any installation costs.

Water-Efficient Landscape

You are required to keep all receipts. Two inspections will be performed, before and after the renovation, and video-photographs will be taken.

Not everyone likes the ideas of removing a lawn. California manicured look of the house is often associated with perfect, green, well-groomed, green grass. Children can't play in the middle of rocky-much Mediterranean type landscape. The question is â€" will the landscapes with water-efficient plants bring the value of a home up or down? It will limit your chances to sell your residence to families with children, and those are folks who in a need of a house.

There is no question, though, that the water problem must be appointed by all Californians rather we are ready for it, or not. And sometimes thinking out-of-the-box is an alternative most people don't bother to approach. But as a matter of fact, the only smart thing to do after accounting all odds of lawn conversion, wise homeowners pick an original solution. They install an artificial grass on their lawns. It answers three concerns at once:

1. It helps to conserve water.

2. It looks like a real lawn (nowadays, synthetic grass quality is so high you can hardly tell the difference between natural and artificial).

3. It is safer than a real lawn. First of all, it is lead-free. Secondly, with proper installation you get a quality of a professional NFA sports fields, which means the risk reduction of injuries.

For many years, big sports teams used the advantage of the artificial grass. To install a high-quality surface was expensive and un-affordable for a homeowner. We put the thought of an ugly astroturf with the high-price of professional options on the back of our heads. Today, in the water-drought conditions across California, we need to bring ourselves up to speed. Technologies changed. High-quality artificial turf became affordable. Synthetic grass installation brings the value of the property up.

As more and more homeowners in NorCal get their front- and back-yards renovated with Global Syn-Turf products, every time you drive on the streets of San Ramon, Dublin, or Pleasanton take a note of a perfectly manicured lawns. They are probably not real.

You can find the application here:

Water-efficient lawn conversion rebate application

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