CITY OF­FERS IN­CEN­TIVES TO CON­VERT LAND­SCAPES

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCAL BRIEFING -

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.

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