Burbank residents can pocket between $250 and $1,000 if they replace the grass on their front lawns with drought-tolerant and non-invasive plants as part of a Burbank Water and Power program approved this week that could save an estimated 750,000 gallons of water this fiscal year alone.
“It’s pretty exciting for us,” said Kapil Kulkarni, the utility’s marketing associate.
An eco-friendly front lawn, he added, could save single-family homes up to $15 on their monthly water bills.
The City Council on Tuesday approved the project 4-1, with Councilman David Gordon being the dissenting vote. While he encouraged water-conservation education, Gordon was against the program’s financial incentives.
More than half of residential water used is for landscaping, Kulkarni said, which is one way the program will help the utility reach its goal of conserving 60 million gallons of water this fiscal year.
To be eligible for the one-time, $1-per-square-foot rebate, each project must cover at least 250 square feet and comply with a list of rules. Residents who have already converted, or are in the process of converting, their lawns aren’t eligible.