Southern California Water District Offers $100 Rebate for Planting Trees

March 14, 2024 | by

A Smart Cities Dive brief by Ysabelle Kempe outlines a new program from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California that offers residents and businesses a $100 rebate for each tree they plant on their property.

The district provides a list of preferred trees that require less water and have high stormwater retention. “Rebate participants are expected to purchase and plant the trees themselves, although the water district created a guide to tree planting and maintenance.”

As Kempe explains, “The tree rebate is a new addition to a turf replacement program that has helped property owners replace 218 million square feet of ‘water-sucking’ lawns with sustainable landscapes, the district says, which has saved enough water to serve about 68,000 homes each year.”


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