County Offers Rebates for Water-Wise Yards

The Smart Landscape Rebate program, put on by the county’s Public Works Department, is now offering increased cash rebates to Santa Barbara residents who make their yards more water-wise. The City of Santa Barbara and Goleta Water District are offering up to $1,000 for single-family homes and up to $2,000 to $4,000 for businesses and Homeowner Associations (HOAs). Qualifications vary by participating area, but all apply only to existing landscapes and must result in a net water savings. Water providers’ rebates cover 50 percent of pre-approved improvements to irrigation systems as well as plants and mulch, and the rebate must be preapproved before work is started. For more information go to sbwater.org.

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