The incentive for Burbank residents to replace the turf in their yards with drought-tolerant plants just got a little sweeter.
The Burbank City Council signed off on plans last week to double the rebate for water-saving landscapes — raising it from $1 per square foot to $2. And that applies now not only to front yards, but also side and backyards, city officials said.
Since most single-family households use 50% of their water on landscape irrigation, customers who participate could save between 15% and 25% on their monthly water bills with the right plant materials, said Burbank Water and Power spokesman Joe Flores.
“A native landscape garden can be really beautiful and lush, and there’s all kinds of different styles of native land gardens,” Flores said. “Some people have a perception that it can be a cactus garden, but that’s just one particular style.”
When Burbank resident Juan Jimenez replaced the turf on his frontyard with drought-tolerant plants and installed new sprinklers about four years ago, he said he realized a $40 savings on his water bill each month.