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WaterWise applications due Sept. 30

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Right now, the city is accepting applications for fall installations of WaterWise rainscape and landscape rebates. Homeowners and schools can receive up to $500 for participating in the rainscape program. According to the city, “Rainscapes are landscape features such as berms, terraces, swales, rain gardens, porous pavement and infiltration trenches that direct and retain rainwater on the property. These features can help prevent runoff and reduce the need for additional irrigation, saving customers money. Rainscapes can also help teach students about water conservation and water quality protection. The minimum installation size is 100 sq. ft.” More information about the rainscape rebate is available here. As for the landscape rebate, “Austin Water customers that replace healthy grass with native plant beds and permeable hardscapes may be eligible for up to $1,750 in rebates. Residential properties may receive $35 for every 100 sq.ft. converted from healthy turf grass to native plant beds and permeable hardscapes. Participants must convert at least 500 sq. ft. to be eligible for rebates.” More information about the landscape rebates is available here.

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