$300 to $1,000


Convert part of your lawn into a beautiful, functional outdoor living space. This rebate provides an incentive to help with the cost of a wooden deck or a hardscape feature made of flagstone, stepping stones or pavers, or a combination of both.

Choose what works best in your yard and transform your outdoor space from bland to something beautiful and valuable.

Program Highlights

Turn your daydreams of a new outdoor living space into reality and get a cash rebate from SAWS. Do your research on the total cost of the project you envision before applying for the program.

  • This is a cash rebate received after work is completed and approved.
  • No work started prior to required pre-inspection site visit will be eligible.
  • Project must be a minimum of 200 square feet and at least 10 feet wide (no walkways).
  • Irrigation is not allowed to remain under or on your patio project.
  • Eligible materials are decking, flagstones, stepping stones and pavers.
  • Concrete, mortar, asphalt or other impervious construction is not allowed.
  • Pervious construction is required allowing rain to pass though the patio.
  • You may buy project material from any store.

How It Works

  • STEP 1: Submit Application and Photo

    Fill out an application with a request for the required pre-inspection visit and attach one photo of where you plan to remove grass and build your proposed patio.

  • Project Pre-Inspection

    After applying, SAWS will contact you to schedule a site visit. We will review your proposed patio project with you during the visit. An irrigation consultation will also be performed at this time if you have an irrigation system.

  • Project Approval

    Do not begin construction prior to approval. Your rebate amount will be determined after the site visit. You will receive an email with an approval notice and rebate offer. Save this email as you will need it to receive your rebate at the conclusion of your project. Offer good for 12 months from approval date.

  • STEP 4: Create Your New Outdoor Living Space

    Purchase the necessary materials at any store. Take photos during construction of the patio and any irrigation components removed. If your project design changes, contact us to avoid any negative impacts on your rebate offer.

  • STEP 5: Submit Inspection Form and Photos

    Take up to three photos best showing the completed project and find the approval email we sent you. Fill out the inspection form, attach your photos and submit it before your rebate offer expires.

  • STEP 6: Conservation Review

    SAWS will review your photos. If your project is complete, a post-inspection visit will be scheduled. When successfully completed, a rebate check will be mailed to you.

Goodbye, Grass! Hello, Savings

Deck overlooks a water-saving garden.
Shade plants in containers adorn a deck with a cozy bench and pergola.
Backyard flagstone patio, assembled by hand
Containers add appeal and soften edges in a bi-level deck.

Your rebate will be calculated based on how much grass is removed with a minimum of 200 square feet.

  • 200-300 square feet: $300
  • 301-450 square feet: $500
  • 451-600 square feet: $750
  • Over 600 square feet: $1,000

Customers are encouraged to combine this rebate with other SAWS conservation incentive programs to maximize your outdoor living project.

Got Sprinklers?


If you have an irrigation system, you must remove all the sprinkler heads and drip lines in the area where you will install beds or patios. Take photos to document your system before and after removal.

An irrigation consultation will be conducted during your pre-inspection site visit. Go to our Irrigation Consultations page to find out more about the process. Review our Irrigation Design Rebate program requirements to see how to qualify for additional cash rebates from SAWS.

My Rebates


View your rebate history by accessing your SAWS service account online. After you log in to My Account, look for the Rebates & Rewards button in the main navigation menu.

The Fine Print

This rebate may not be used for existing non-grass areas or to replace existing patios.

Patios must allow rain to infiltrate the ground (pervious). Concrete, mortar, asphalt or other impervious construction is not allowed.

Your Outdoor Living Rebate offer is good for 12 months to allow time for you to purchase materials and construct your patio.

This program is available to SAWS residential water customers only.

SAWS reserves the right to use photos submitted on this application for program promotions. Identifying information such as customer name and address will not be used on selected photos.

WaterSaver Rewards members will receive 3 points for successfully completing their final inspection (limit 3 points).

Program availability may be subject to budget limitations.

Read our frequently asked questions for more project requirements.

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