Monrovia Conserves: A Community Effort

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Our Region is Still in a Drought! 

Learn more about the ongoing impacts of the historic drought in Monrovia.

Despite recent rains, the City of Monrovia continues to be in a serious drought condition and remains under Phase IV Water Regulations.

Find out more information about the emergency regulations currently in place as well as what you can do to help save water at the links below.

Water conservation is a community effort, and we all have an important role to play in using water wisely.

 Fact! We are in a drought!


New Sustainable Landscape Recognition Award Program!

Help promote water conservation by showcasing sustainable landscaping!  Through this new program, residential water customers of the City of Monrovia may enter their sustainable landscape for a chance to be recognized by the City. Applicants may also nominate a neighbor's sustainable landscape.

In addition to being recognized by the City, winners will receive a $25 credit on their water utility bill!  To enter in this program:

  • Applicants must be a City of Monrovia residential water utility customer.
  • The drought-tolerant area should be in the front yard visible from the street.
  • No more than 50% of your landscape should be turf.
  • No more than 30% of your landscape should be non-permeable, such as concrete.

Only one winner will be selected to be recognized by the City, and receive the $25 credit on their water utility bill. Complete an application,  and submit a maximum of three photos to:

Caroline Velarde
City of Monrovia Public Services Department
600 S. Mountain Avenue
Monrovia, CA 91016

An online application will be coming soon!  For more information about this new program, water conservation, and how you can help, please contact (626) 303-6601.

Sustainable Landscape Recognition Award


SoCal WaterSmart's Turf Removal Program is Back!

Receive a rebate of $1 per square foot of turf removed

The Metropolitan Water District is offering a turf removal program back by popular demand! The Landscape Transformation Program is available for residential and commercial properties. Please be sure to review all eligibility criteria and submit your application to reserve funds before starting your project!

Rebate Reservation Eligibility:

  • You must apply to reserve your landscape transformation rebate in advance! Do not start your project before receiving your rebate reservation or you will be disqualified.
  • You must have existing turf.
  • All landscape transformation projects must be within the Metropolitan Water District's service area in order to qualify. The City of Monrovia falls in this area through our membership in the Upper District.

Landscape Project Eligibility:

  • Your project must have a minimum of 250 square feet of turf removed, or if the entire front yard is less than 250 square feet, all turf must be removed.
  • All projects are required to include irrigation modification or conversion, such as:
  • Convert over-head sprays to drip, micro-spray, bubblers, or rotating nozzles; whichever is applicable; or
  • Cap sprinkler heads or remove irrigation equipment and hand-water.

Planting Requirements:

  • Do not include any live turf, turf-looking grasses, synthetic turf, or any invasive plants, even if they are drought-tolerant or California natives.  View a list of invasive plants at this website.
  • Include at least five plants per 100 square feet in the project area. Please visit Calscape.org for native plant lists specific to your area.
  • Include three inches depth of mulch around all plants. Mulch, rock, or decomposed granite must cover any bare spaces within project area (No bare soil is allowed).

Hardscape Requirements:

  • All hardscape (e.g., broken concrete, flagstone, etc.) must be permeable to air and water and use an approved filler (i.e., loose sand) to reduce surface area runoff.
  • Exclude any impermeable surfaces or new structures (i.e., patios, decks) from your turf removal measurements.
  • Must be designed to capture rainfall through infiltration or on-site storage for reuse. Eligible techniques can include: rain gardens, rock gardens, dry river beds, swales, berms, grades, rain barrels and cisterns.

For a full list of program requirements and to apply for your turf removal rebate now, visit SoCal WaterSmart's Landscape Transformation Page


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