Welcome! The San Diego Sustainable Landscapes Program offers $1.75 per square foot for qualified applicants who replace water-intensive turf grass with landscaping that provides several environmental benefits. Eligible projects must include rainwater capture and detention, soil enhancements, climate-appropriate plants, water-efficient irrigation methods and are subject to site inspections.

This program is designed to advance resource efficiency in urban landscapes by emphasizing water conservation and stormwater management. Proposition 84 grants from the California Department of Water Resources are funding a limited number of incentives to promote residential landscape upgrades in the San Diego County Water Authority’s service area. Customers of the California American Water Co. in San Diego County may also be eligible and should contact Cal Am directly.

Program Steps



Pre-Qualifications:
  • I certify that my proposed project meets the following conditions:
    • Project area has a minimum of 500 square feet of existing turf to be replaced
    • Project area has an in-ground operational irrigation system where the existing turf area is irrigated with potable water. Areas irrigated with recycled or well water are not eligible
    • Project is located in the San Diego County Water Authority’s service area
    • Project has not been started or been completed prior to being fully accepted into the program
Step 2: Apply for an Incentive
Step 3: Take Online Quiz, if applicable
  • Demonstrate your understanding of SLP concepts by answering at least 80% of questions correctly The quiz will become available once you have created your login and password
  • Enter a pre-qualification Class Code if you've participated in an approved Education & Training class (this code will be e-mailed separately to qualified applicants. If you did not receive a class code, please contact the Program Administrator at (866-648-2925 or e-mail SDCWA@waterwise-consulting.com)
Step 4: Upload Documents and Complete Worksheet
  • Copy of your most recent water utility bill
  • Sketch of proposed project area(s) with dimensions
  • Complete Worksheet 1: First Flush Volume (rainwater capture area) calculation

Step 5: Schedule an inspection appointment
  • Agree to a mutually agreeable inspection date and time when contacted by a program administrator
  • During the inspection appointment, the inspector will require you to sign this form "Customer Authorization-Hold Harmless Form.
Step 6: Complete On-Line Technical Worksheets
  • 1: First Flush Volume (rainwater capture) calculation, if revision needed
  • 2: Detention Area calculation
  • 3: Plant Coverage Area Calculation
Step 7: Upload Landscape Design Plans (optional but highly recommended)
  • Planting plan
  • Irrigation plan
  • Low-impact design plan

Step 8: Receive a Notice to Proceed (NTP)
  • Receive NTP by email. The NTP confirms your enrollment in the program
  • Implement your project within 120 calendar days
  • If you are unable to complete your project within 120 days, you must notify the Program Administrator in advance. Extensions are not guaranteed and are treated on a case-by-case basis. If you have not received an official extension approval, you may forfeit your incentive
Step 9: Install your project
  • Begin your project upon receipt of an NTP
  • Reminder: As you implement your project, please be diligent in tracking your eligible project costs by collecting receipts for (see Terms and Conditions for a detailed list of eligible and in-eligible project costs). Additional proof of payment may be required.
  • Receipts/invoices should include:
    • Purchase date
    • Vendor name
    • Vendor telephone number
    • Invoices shall itemize costs separately for materials and labor

Step 10: Complete Your Project and Request Payment
  • Complete and submit the online Payment Request Form upon project completion
  • Submit the following (required):
    • Photos of completed project (a minimum of five (5) photos of each separate area); additional photos may be required. Photos should capture the following:
      • Planting area
      • Irrigation system (if applicable)
      • Soil amendments (compost, mulch)
      • Detention area, including rain barrels/cisterns (if applicable)
      • Panoramic view of the project area
    • Paid receipts/invoices (itemizing materials and labor costs). Reminder: Labor costs are not eligible towards the incentive
  • Notice: You may be selected for a post-conversion site inspection, if so you will be contacted by the Program Administrator to schedule your appointment
Step 11: Receive Your Incentive
  • If your final incentive amount is $600 or more, you will receive a 1099-MISC form. Please complete and return this form via U.S. Mail
  • Once your documents have been approved and deemed complete you will receive your incentive check within 8-10 weeks
Step 12: Ongoing Maintenance
  • We reserve the right to inspect the site for up to five (5) years
  • We welcome periodic updates and photos of your project

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