Central Utah Water
Landscape Leadership Grant
Introduction / Background
For builders, developers, commercial business owners, institutions, homeowner associations, and cities.
Become a leader in water efficiency principles by creating an example landscape out of your property. This program provides funding for water-efficient landscape conversions and new construction.
- Recipient must be a commercial business, builder/developer, institution, property management company, homeowner association, or municipality
- Individual residential lots are not eligible
- Property must be located within one of the following counties:
- - Duchesne
- - Juab
- - Salt Lake*
- - Sanpete
- - Uintah
- - Utah
- - Wasatch
- **Projects within Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District’s (JVWCD) service area are not eligible for this program but are eligible for a similar program offered by JVWCD. Visit JVWCD.org for a list of cities covered by JVWCD.
- Project must provide quantifiable water savings
- Project must have high promotional, marketing, or press appeal
- Landscape changes must be voluntary and not for the purpose of complying with a governmental code or policy
- Project funding is based on estimated water savings, use of water-efficient landscaping, and the ability to promote water efficiency.
- Funding may cover up to 50% of a project cost and can be up to $100,000.
- To maximize the funding amount, it is important to follow these requirements:
- All irrigation shall be appropriate for the designated plant material to achieve the highest water efficiency. Drip irrigation or bubblers shall be used except in turf areas.
- Each Irrigation valve shall irrigate landscaping with similar site, slope, and soil conditions and plant materials with similar watering needs. Turf and non-turf areas shall be irrigated on separate irrigation valves. In addition, drip emitters and sprinklers shall be placed on separate irrigation valves.
- Landscaped areas shall be provided with a WaterSense labeled smart irrigation controller, which automatically adjusts the frequency and/or duration of irrigation events in response to changing weather conditions. All controllers shall be equipped with automatic rain delay or rain shut-off capabilities.
- Adequate surface treatments shall be used to control weeds and improve the appearance of the landscaping. At least 3-4 inches of mulch permeable to air and water shall be used in planting beds. Common surface treatments shall include rock, bark, or compost.
- At maturity, landscapes shall have enough plant material (perennials and shrubs) to create at least 50 percent living plant cover at the ground plane, not including tree canopies.
- Turf shall not be placed in park strips, designated pathways, or on slopes greater than 33%. Lawn areas shall not be less than eight (8) feet wide.
- In residential landscapes, turf area shall not exceed 35% of the total landscaped area.
- In commercial, industrial, and institutional landscapes, turf areas shall not exceed 15% of the total landscaped area, outside of active recreation areas.
Use this calculator to get an estimate of the range of funding for which your project could qualify
- Current Irrigation Requirements
- Existing Landscapes to be Converted: Enter the total square footage for each of the current landscaped areas
- New Landscapes Not Yet Constructed: Enter the square footage of the total area to be landscaped as if it were all to be lawn with overhead spray
- Proposed Irrigation Requirements
- Existing & New Landscapes: Enter the total square footage for each of the proposed landscaped areas
Current Irrigation Requirements
Proposed Irrigation Requirements
The grant estimate shows a range from low to high because each project is evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Project plan
- Has the applicant provided a reasonable description, a complete landscape design, and a detailed schedule for the project?
- Does the applicant have the appropriate training and resources to carry out the project?
- Prominence & Visibility
- Will the project/location be seen by many (ex. Neighborhood, city, county, state)? Will the project/location draw in visitors? Does the project include prominent stakeholders?
- Media & Promotability
- How well can the project be promoted, advertised, or included in a marketing campaign? Is the project newsworthy or appealing to the media? Are there other considerations like the uniqueness of political, socio-economic, cultural, legal, environmental, or geographic factors that this project brings?
- Showcase for Water Conservation
- How well does the project showcase the aesthetics, benefits, and techniques of effective water conservation?
- Likelihood of Copy-cats
- Will this project lead to other similar projects or additional water conservation?
- Cultural Impact
- What is the project’s ability to stimulate and develop a culture of water conservation in the community (ex. Ordinances, public policy, public perception, land use planning, stakeholder practices)?