Ditching lawn for something more water wise

Last Updated: 5/31/2016

Environmental Utilities (EU) customers are doing an amazing job lowering their water use through conservation programs. Roseville residents Jere and Lako Myers last year participated in EU’s highly successful Cash for Grass program. The Myers removed 2,394 square feet of turf from their yard and replaced the lawn with rock, 33 drought-tolerant plants, two low-water trees, and a drip irrigation system. For their efforts, Jere and Lako received a $1,000 reimbursement check from EU and a matching $1,000 check from the state.

The Myers have lived in their home for 35 years and they’d been thinking about removing the turf for several years. “Last year, we decided that in this terrible drought, every drop counts,” recalls Jere. “So we elected to replace our lawn.”

The Myers love how their new yard turned out. “It’s almost ridiculous how little it cost us,” explains Jere. “Our water use is down about 68 percent, which saves us money, and we’re saving an additional $100 per month since we no longer need a gardener to cut the lawn.”

Taking advantage of EU’s water wise rebates while doing their part to stretch Roseville’s shared fresh-water resources, Jere and Lako note that the changes they made were not difficult, and they appreciated EU’s help in achieving their personal goals.

If you’re interested in saving water, including rebates, visit Roseville.ca.us/SaveWater.