commercial Desert friendly xeriscape Conversion Rebates
Water Authority commercial, multi-family and institutional customers who convert their customers landscapes to (desert friendly xeriscapes) and use drip irrigation can qualify for a $1.50 per square foot rebate.
The Water Authority also offers these customers ENHANCED REBATES for those who convert turf areas smaller than 10′, convert turf areas on steep slopes or use rainwater harvesting techniques in the project. Enhanced rebate customers qualify for a rebate of $2.00 for every square foot converted.
Must meet all program requirements:
- The rebate area of your new landscape must have 50 percent coverage (at maturity) of qualifying low- to medium-water-use plants, and the soil between and beneath all plants must be covered with at least three inches of mulch (organic mulch, gravel etc.)
- Several conditions must be met in order to qualify for the rebates, including approval of plans in advance by a Water Conservation Desert friendly landscapes Inspector.
- Receipts for plant purchases, irrigation equipment, soil amendments, or landscape contractor (if used), shall be provided at the final inspection.
10′ or smaller
Replace turf grass in small areas (10 feet or less in any dimension) .
Replace turf grass on steep slopes (at least 1:6)
Save up to $2.00 per square ft!.
GET STARTED USING THE STEPS BELOW
DOES YOUR LANDSCAPE MEET THE REQUIREMENTS?
Do you have an existing operating SPRAY irrigation system on your site?
Do you have grass turf on your site? (Rebates cannot be give to work that is already complete.)
If you answered YES to the above questions then Go to Step 1.
Got more questions? Call 842-9287 OPTION #4 to learn more or check out the Rebate Requirements listed in the blue box on this page.
Step 2: START YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION.
Click here to set up your online application.
Step 3: SCHEDULE YOUR INITIAL INSPECTION. (CALL 505-289-3026)
Before calling be sure you have set up and filled out your online application. Then call 505-289-3026 to schedule the initial inspection at your property with our xeriscape inspector. Initial inspections occur between 8am and 2pm Monday through Friday. Please allow one to two weeks for availability.
Step 4: PROCEED WITH YOUR PROJECT.
Once your online application has been approved, you may begin your project. Funding will be reserved for the anticipated amount of your rebate. You have six months after your application is approved to complete your project. If your project takes longer than six months, you may apply for a project extension provided funds are still available.
Step 5: SCHEDULE YOUR FINAL INSPECTION AFTER COMPLETING THE PROJECT. (CALL 505-289-3026)
Have hard copies of material receipts or contractor’s final paid invoice available at time of final inspection. Following final inspection and application approval, the ABCWUA will apply the rebate credit to your water bill. Your rebate should appear on your water bill one to two billing cycles after your form is processed.
How to Apply?
Click HERE to apply.
The Water Authority is pleased to provide an online application for rebates.
Once you have registered and submitted your online application, you will be able to conveniently track your rebate.
You will need the property address and Water Authority account number as printed on the bill.
Desert Friendly Xeriscape Conversion Rebate
Convert your high-water-use landscape with desert friendly xeriscape and receive a rebate. Follow the steps above to participate. When participating in the Desert friendly xeriscape rebate programs, you’ll also be able to get rebates for rental equipment, compost, and irrigation rebates. Click here to learn more about irrigation rebates.
Get $1.50 square foot for every square foot of qualifying
landscape. You must convert a minimum of 500 square feet to participate.
Get $2.00 square foot for enhanced commercial rebates per every square foot of qualifying
landscape. Enhanced rebates are for those who convert turf areas smaller than 10', or convert turf areas on steep slopes.
Desert friendly XERISCAPE conversion participants Quality for additional rebates listed below
We know there is a lot involved with converting a high-water-use landscape to a desert friendly landscape. Take advantage of the additional rebates listed below and over on the Irrigation rebates page.
Get 25% off the cost of renting equipment for removal of grass (e.g. sodcutter, backhoe or Bobcat) up to $500.
We understand turf conversions to desert friendly landscapes can require specific tools to get the job done, we’d like to help support you in your conversion by giving your a rebate for that equipment you may rent.
Get 25% off the cost of bulk organic mulch up to $500.
Bulk Organic Mulch
Not only is organic mulch aesthetically appealing, it helps to protect your trees and landscape by keeping moisture where it belongs in the root zone. Mulch promotes increased moisture retention in the soil, and encourages healthy root establishment, while reducing weeds.
Please review the following requirements:
1. Irrigation water shall be provided by the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Authority.
2. Any turf grass removed shall be designated high water use, according to our Xeriscaping Guide plant list, and currently watered with spray-type irrigation.
3. Customer must convert a minimum of 500 square feet. Large turf conversions projects may be done in phases.
4. Fifty percent of the project rebate area shall be covered by plants, as they appear at maturity. Select qualifying Rainwater, low, and medium water usage plants from our Xeriscaping Guide plant list, and claim the mature plant area (referred to as rebate allowance). Existing plants within the area of turf removal, such as trees, may be incorporated into the design and contribute to the rebate allowance total, provided they are on the Xeriscaping Guide plant list, and are not designated high water use.
5. Spray irrigation is not permitted in the rebate area. Existing sprinklers shall be converted to a drip, bubbler system, or hand watered. If you hand water, plants must be one gallon or larger container stock. Areas watered with sprinklers, including micro-sprinklers, will not disqualify your project, but that area will be excluded from the rebate calculation.
6. The soil between the plants shall be covered with a minimum of 3 inches mulch. Common mulches are gravel, crusher fines or woodchips, but other materials may qualify. Impervious plastic is not permitted. Bulk organic mulch rebate available for xeriscape participants.
7. Commercial Customers qualifying landscapes will receive a maximum of $1.50 for every square foot of high water use turf grass that is converted. (Enhanced commercial rebates are available.)
8. Receipts for plant purchase, irrigation equipment, mulch, or a landscape contractor (if used), shall be provided at final inspection.
ENHANCED REBATE REQUIREMENTS
1. Must meet all of xeriscape rebate requirements described in previous session.
2. Commercial customers may qualify for enhanced rebates when replacing high water use turf grass in small hard to spray irrigate areas (10′ or less in any dimension) or on steep slopes (at least 1:6).
3. Commercial customers participating in the enhanced rebate program will receive $2.00 for every square foot converted.
Desert friendly landscapes
- Desert Friendly Xeriscape Guide
- Desert Friendly Design Templates
- Rainwater Harvest Plant List
interactive plant list tool created by the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer, for help in selecting low water use plants for your desert friendly landscapes