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Diablo Water District's Lawn to Garden Rebate Program provides rebates to our customers as an incentive to convert water-thirsty lawns to water-efficient landscapes.  Funding is limited and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

This rebate is in partnership with Contra Costa Water District.

Rebate Amount

  • The rebate is $1 per square foot of lawn replaced up to the maximum amount.
  • The maximum rebate for single-family residential sites is $2,000; The maximum rebate for multi-family and commercial accounts is $20,000 per site.

Program Eligibility and Requirements*


  • The program is available to residential and commercial customers who receive water for their landscape through a metered service with Diablo Water District.
  • Program is NOT retroactive. Projects underway or completed prior to applying and receiving a DWD approval are not eligible.
  • Lawn must be in front yard or a publicly accessible area.

Completed Project Requirements

  • Projects must use enough plants so that at least 50% of the converted area is covered once fully grown.
  • Plants must be low water use and appropriate for our climate, see our Approved Plant List.
  • Planted areas must be covered with mulch.
  • If there is a current sprinkler system in place, it must be removed or replaced with a drip system.
  • New landscape may include pathways and other hardscape. Concrete and other non-permeable surfaces cannot make up more than 20% of the total area to be rebated. The landscape must still meet the 50% plant cover requirement.
  • Generally, DWD provides six (6) months to complete a project, but extensions may be allowed if funding is available.

*Additional restrictions apply. See Terms and Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions for full details.

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Tenant Authorization Form

If you are a tenant, or property manager, please have the property owner complete this form.

Request a Post Inspection

If you have applied for a Lawn to Garden rebate, received your notice to proceed, and have finished your project, please request an inspection.