CITY OFFERS INCENTIVES TO CONVERT LANDSCAPES
The City of Austin hopes to encourage homeowners to conserve water with a new program that will give rebates for converting landscapes to native beds or permeable hardscapes, such as gravel, according to a city water conservation website.
Applications, which will be accepted twice a year, will be available starting today at www.ci.austin.tx.us/watercon/rebatelist.htm.
The amount rebated will be $20 or $30 per 100 square feet converted, depending on whether there is an automatic irrigation system in place, the website says. A minimum of 500 square feet of turf must be converted to qualify for a rebate.