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The Rainwater Harvesting Landscape Rebate
The rebate amount has increased to $1.50 per square foot. Plant coverage must still be 50%, but all of the plants must be from the low water use designation on the Rainwater Harvest Plant List. These plants are native or xeric adapted to live on the 8 inches of natural rainfall that occurs in Albuquerque. A rainwater collection or direction system must also be a part of the plan, which must be approved by the Water Utility's Xeriscape Inspector. In order to allow for root establishment and development, supplemental irrigation is allowed for a two year period for shrubs and grasses, and a three year period for trees.
Commercial account holders who replace turf in small areas (10 feet or less in any dimension) or on steep slopes (at least 6:1) can qualify for a rebate of $1.50 per square foot under the X2 plan. Call 768-3655 for more information.
Steps to Obtain Rebate:
- Develop a Plan
Print the Xeriscape Rebate Application Form (1.2MB PDF) , Use the approved plant list to select plants. Draw a simple diagram on the form (see example). List each plant to be used on the form. Use the numbered lines from your list to identify the plants on your landscape drawing.
- Call 768-3655
to have a Water Authority Inspector visit you at the property to review your application and to see the existing landscape. When your application has been approved, you may begin your project. Funding will be reserved for the anticipated amount of your rebate.
- Proceed with your project.
You have six months after your application is approved to complete your project. You may apply for a project extension if rebate funds are still available.
- Call 768-3655
to arrange for a final inspection. Following final approval, the Water Authority will apply the rebate credit to your water bill.