PHOENIX -- Ditch the grass and get some cash.
"It's expensive and we have to take care of a precious resource," said Becky Zusy, Conservation Specialist with the City of Mesa.
When you remove 500 square feet or more of established grass and replace it with a water-thrifty landscape, the City of Mesa will provide a $500 rebate.
Mesa's Grass-to-Xeriscape Landscape Rebate program will provide a $500 rebate if you remove 500-square-feet or more of established grass.
Since the program started in 2007, 250 qualified homeowners have signed up.
"Preliminary numbers say about a thirteen percent overall reduction annually in their total water bill," said Zusy.
Mesa is one of several Valley cities to provide a similar rebate program.