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Heat is Coming: Scottsdale Water begins registration for citywide water conservation program

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Last year’s grass removal rebate program received over 650 applications, marking a 13% increase from one year prior. (Photo: Arianna Grainey/DigitalFreePress)
Scottsdale water conservation seeks to incentive less usage of H2O
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City Hall: With increased demand and popularity, the Scottsdale water conservation program — which typically launches in July — is now open early to all eligible participants.

The rebate program, a cornerstone of Scottsdale’s water conservation initiatives, aims to award residents and businesses to adopt water-saving measures while offering financial support for their conservation efforts, according to a press release.

Key highlights of this year’s rebate program include:

  • Residential grass removal rebate set at $2 per square foot, up to a total of $5,000 per property. Participants must receive pre-approval before removing any grass at the property. After receiving a notice to proceed, the applicant is required to replace grass with approved desert-friendly landscape.
  • Residential in-ground pool or spa removal rebate of up to $1 per square foot of water surface area, along with an additional $400 incentive.
  • Multifamily, HOAs, and commercial businesses may qualify for a grass removal rebate of up to $40,000, with a bonus of up to $10,000 for removing strips of grass adjacent to the street.
  • Residents and businesses can also receive rebates for installing water efficiency and monitoring technology or WaterSense labelled irrigation controllers.

In the last two years, the water conservation incentive rebate program has seen a significant increase, demonstrating Scottsdale’s dedication to water conservation efforts, officials at City Hall tell the Digital Free Press.

Last year’s grass removal rebate program received over 650 applications, marking a 13% increase from one year prior. As a result, over 443,000 square feet of grass were removed, resulting in more than 22 million gallons of water saved in subsequent years for the city.

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