Trees keep our city clean, beautiful, and healthy!
In order to help with increasing the tree canopy in our urban area the Water Authority offers the Treebate to offset part of the cost of planting a new low or medium water usage tree. The Treebate can also be used to help cover the costs of tree maintenance. As our communities grow we see the increase in streets, roof tops, and parking lots, etc. All these hard, paved surfaces cause “the heat island effect” warming our cities by as much as 10 degrees. Trees are a great natural tool to help mitigate the heat island effect, and keep our cities clean, beautiful and healthy!
Benefits of Trees
Trees provide necessary shade that aid in cooling our neighborhoods thus reducing the need for air conditioning. Trees and other vegetation also reduce reflected and absorbed heat from concrete, glass, brick asphalt and rock helping to keep our cities cool.
Benefits of Trees
Water & Evapo-Transpiration
A fully grown tree may release several hundred gallons of water through its leaves on a hot, dry summer day. About 90% of the water that enters a plant’s roots is used for this process. When the tree gives off vapor through evapotranspiration through their leaves and the vapor cools, it falls to earth as rain, snow, or sleet.
Benefits of Trees
Trees significantly reduce and clean stormwater run-off by holding rainfall on the leaves, branches and bark, and by absorbing surface runoff, reducing the threat of flooding. Trees also save water by shading the lawns and other plants that we water.
Buy a new tree and receive 25% back off the purchase of your new tree. To help its customers narrow down their purchasing decisions, the Water Authority has assembled a list of 20 trees (downloadable 1.5MB pdf) that are proven to thrive in our area, are commonly available for purchase, fit a variety of situations, and provide numerous environmental benefits. Over 160 trees qualify, you can find a complete list of trees here.
Get 25% rebate off the purchase and installation of eligible trees. See list to choose your tree. Up to a maximum of $100 per year for residential customers.
Professional Tree Care
Professional tree care helps keep your trees looking their best year round and keep the tree healthy for long term growth and success.
Get 25% rebate off professional tree care which includes pruning, pest management, fertilizing and other services. Tree and stump removals are not included. Up to a maximum of $100 per year for residential customers.
Irrigation to Trees
In New Mexico all new and existing trees must be irrigated. There are many methods to deliver water to landscape trees, including: hand watering, soaker hoses, bubblers, sprinklers and drip irrigation systems. The most important consideration is to use a system which delivers water to as much of a tree’s root system as possible.
While the size and depth of root systems vary, the roots of established trees typically are less than 3 feet deep and extend to twice the distance from the trunk to the edge of their canopy. It is important to water trees monthly to a depth of at least 24” for established trees and 12” for new trees. During the hot summer months it is recommended that trees be watered at least 2x a month.
Get 25% rebate off new irrigation systems for your existing or newly planted trees. Up to a maximum of $100 per year for residential customers.
The addition of compost to new and existing trees helps provide nutrients to the soil around your tree thus keeping the tree healthy.
Get 25% off the purchase of compost for use in planting your new trees or adding compost around your existing trees. Up to a maximum of $100 per year for residential customers.
Not only is mulch aesthetically appealing, it helps to protect your trees and landscape by keeping moisture where it belongs at the base of the tree and reducing evaporation after watering your tree. Mulch promotes increased moisture content of plants, soil buildup, and healthy root establishment in landscapes plus reduces weeds.
Get 25% off the purchase of mulch for use in and around your newly planted or existing trees. Up to a maximum of $100 per year for residential customers.
Please Note: “Tree-Bates” are not available for the removal of trees. Customers are required to submit proof of purchase or service with rebate forms. If the rebate form is incomplete or missing proof of purchase or service, it delays processing and all documentation is returned to the customer.
Please review the following requirements:
- Applicants are required to be a Water Authority customer
- Rebate credits remain at the address where the water conservation work took place.
- The rebate form is returned to the Water Authority within ninety (90) days of the purchase or service date to be honored.
- The rebate credits the Water Authority account at the installation address.
- The rebate is credited within one to two billing cycles after the form is processed. Customers are required to submit proof of purchase or service with the rebate form.