The phone lines at the city’s Department of Utilities have been jammed this morning with residents seeking to take advantage of a “cash for grass” program.
The city is still trying to figure out how to implement a program approved by the City Council on Tuesday that will issue rebates to homeowners who replace their lawns with drought tolerant landscaping.
For now, city utilities spokeswoman Jessica Hess says that residents should call 311 and ask for a “water wise house call.” A water conservation specialist will come out to your home, measure your lawn and place you on the wait list for the lawn rebate plan. Specialists will also give you tips on how to save water.
Hess said the city expects to begin issuing rebates to qualified homeowners in May. The city is exploring giving 50 cents per square foot of lawn, up to 1,000 square feet.