San Luis Obispo County residents interested in tearing out their lawns or replacing old toilets can apply for two state rebate programs.
The California Department of Water Resources announced two new programs this week, which are open to all Californians, in an effort to further curb water use.
The programs provide a $100 consumer rebate program to replace one old toilet per household and up to $2 per square foot for lawn replacement, up to $2,000 a household, according to a news release from the department.
Consumers are eligible to replace grass that is living or dead at the time of the rebate application (areas without any turf are not eligible).
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Funds for the $24 million “turf and toilet” rebate program come from the Proposition 1 water bond approved by voters in 2014. State officials estimate the turf rebate program will benefit more than 10,000 homes and help replace about 60,000 inefficient toilets.
To apply for the rebates, go to www.saveourwaterrebates.com. To learn more about the drought, go to http://ca.gov/drought/.