Drought Tolerant Options and Turf Removal

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We regretfully announce that due to the excellent participation of residents we have exhausted our funds for the turf removal for the remainder of this fiscal year.  Those with applications approved as of October 30th, 2015, will be honored as long as they follow the guidelines.  

There will be no change to current approvals or those already participating. The Water Division will look for future opportunities to reinstate these programs, but in the meantime we are proud to announce some NEW rebate items! 

We have funds still available for water efficient devices such as rain barrels; faucets, washing machines.  Please call (626) 852-4838 to discover a full list of items available and to see how you can qualify for them.

The City of Glendora, Water Conservation Section established a Residential Turf Removal Program in July 2014. This program has been beyond successful as hundreds of residents have replaced their grass with water wise, drought tolerant landscaping. In May 2015, the program was altered due to changes with the Metropolitan Water District program. Residents who wish to apply for the Metropolitan Water District Residential Turf Removal Program can submit their applications through www.socalwatersmart.com

 The City of Glendora, Water Conservation Section is pleased to be able to continue to provide funding for the City of Glendora Residential Turf Removal Program.  Click here to view the new requirements and applications.


Please submit completed applications to Armando Bustamante at abustamante@ci.glendora.ca.us or mail applications to City of Glendora, Water Conservation Section, 116 E. Foothill Blvd.,  Glendora, CA 91741. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please call (626) 852-4838.


On April 25, 2014, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an executive order to strengthen the state’s ability to manage water and habitat effectively in drought conditions and called on all Californians to increase their efforts to conserve water. As a whole the City of Glendora has done a wonderful job of conserving and has collectively achieved a nearly 12% reduction in water use. While that is a phenomenal starting place, the City water system is still suffering from the effects of the drought. 

The City of Glendora typically produces 80% to 100% of our water, but as the water table continues to drop we have been forced to turn off some of our wells and purchase more outside water to make up the difference. We are currently purchasing over 60% of our water with no current avenues for restoring the water table back up to the necessary levels for our wells.  As much as 60-70% of your water usage is outdoor landscaping. Rethinking the way you use water in landscaping can help to stretch our limited supplies and ensure that water is there when we need it. However, conserving water does not require us to let properties go unkempt or allow our precious vegetation die. 

Our environment relies heavily on vegetation to help keep our air clean and provide a habitat for wildlife and other creatures. You can have a landscape that provides wonderful curb appeal and continues to keep our environment balanced. The City of Glendora is fortunate to have three drought tolerant demonstration gardens – Glendora Library, Gladstone Park, and the Water Yard Building – that will show you firsthand the immense variety of drought tolerant plants available and how they can add color to your landscape without increasing your water use. Feel free to take a look at these drought tolerant landscapes and stop by the locations listed above for a hands-on look.

For more information, please contact the City of Glendora Water Conservation Section at 626-852-4838.

Thank you for your continued efforts in conserving one of our most precious resources!

Drought Tolerant Landscaping

Updated on 06/22/2015 1:06 PM