July 4 2019 12:00 AM

A changing climate is cited as the reason for the generous rebate program.

Even though California is not officially in a state of drought, Malibu residents are being offered a rebate of $4 per square foot to replace their turf with “sustainable landscaping,” according to a story published in the Canyon News and posted on its website. This is an increase over the previous rebate amount.

The Los Angeles Metropolitan Water District’s turf replacement program follows the success of other incentive programs that focused on removing turf grass, modifying irrigation systems and retaining rainwater.

According to Malibu Smart, a coalition of the state’s Department of Water Resources, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, the Los Angeles County Waterworks Division, the West Basin Municipal Water District and the City of Malibu, replacing a property’s turf will cut future water bills. Owners of qualified homes can get up to $10,000 in rebates for installing a Smart Irrigation Package. The story didn’t contain any information as to what that package should consist of.

Residents have 180 days to submit a request to the District and complete a project. Some requirements for the turf replacement rebate are being waived for residents who were impacted by the recent Woolsey Fire.

Jeffrey Kightlinger, the Metropolitan Water District’s general manager, was quoted in the story saying that “California’s long-term trend is toward hotter and drier weather. The lawn replacement program will help residents and businesses get paid to make a permanent change to grow beautiful yards more suitable for the changing climate.”