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Residents interested in trading in their lawns for water-efficient landscaping can apply for the state's new incentive program through Utah Water Savers.

Why it matters: The rebates can assist Utahns who want to conserve water to convert their lawns into drought-tolerant landscaping without breaking the bank.

The latest: The incentive program rolled out May 1 after the Utah Legislature allocated $8 million, along with an additional $5 million from last year, to launch it.

  • Rebates are currently available for qualified residents living in 36 Utah municipalities that have adopted qualifying landscape ordinances, including Salt Lake City, West Valley City and Sandy.

By the numbers: Depending on where you live, you can receive between $0.50 and $3 per square foot of lawn transformed.

Yes, but: The incentives apply only to people who haven't started on their landscaping projects.

  • There are also rebates of up to $75 for residents who install irrigation controllers, dubbed "smart sprinklers," to limit water use.

How it works: After visiting, enter your water provider or register for an account to see what rebates you qualify for in your community and apply.

What they're saying: "The reward is the outcome. It's not the incentive. The incentive just makes it possible to enjoy a great outcome," Cynthia Bee, public information officer for the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, told Axios.

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Kim Bojórquez is a Utah-based reporter for Axios. She formerly worked as a politics reporter at The Salt Lake Tribune. Prior to joining the Tribune, she worked at Deseret News and at The Sacramento Bee's Capitol Bureau as a Report for America corps member.

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