Want a new patio or walkway? Reserve your $2,000 Water Smarty rebate now!

There’s still time this summer and early fall to complete your project and receive a Water Smarty grass replacement rebate. Projects must be completed with final rebate applications filed by October 1, 2019.

Residential projects can receive a 50% rebate, up to $2,000. To get started, go to the rebates page for the program details and application forms.

The program suits projects that plan to remove lawn and replace it with a permeable hardscape material, like crushed rock/gravel, pavers, or decomposed granite. Past projects have used these materials for extra parking, utility areas, patios, and walkways. Drought tolerant plants on a drip system can cover 25% of the project area.

Free Workshop at Sawtooth Botanical Garden

Saving Water with Drought Tolerant Plants and Nativars

Learn from experts on how to incorporate drought tolerant plants in your landscape to create beautiful views and save water at the same time.  Experts will also discuss how to use native plants in rock garden designs.

This workshop is part of the Wood River Land Trust’s Trout Friendly Seminar Series. The workshop also meets the Water Smarty education requirement.

Where:  Sawtooth Botanical Garden

When:  Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 10 to 3

Details:  726-9358

FREE Landscape Design Seminars Announced for January 2019

Learn the tools and work with professionals to create your own water-wise landscape design with two free January seminars.

  • Basic Design Principles to Conserve Water
    January 18, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
    Hailey City Hall Meeting Room
    Learn the basics and create a conceptual water-wise landscape design.
  • Review Your Design with the Professionals!
    January 24, 2019, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
    Hailey City Hall Meeting Room
    Bring your concept design and review it with design, irrigation and native plant professionals.

No advance registration required. For questions, call the Wood River Land Trust at 788-3947.

Take Steps this Winter for a Rebate Next Summer!

Water Smarty will once again offer a January water-wise landscape workshop. Watch watersmarty.org for specific dates. The workshops are brought to you by our fabulous Water Smarty partner, the Wood River Land Trust. All Water Smarty participants must attend one water-wise workshop.

Hailey property owners can submit a pre-application to reserve a Water Smarty lawn removal and replacement rebate for 2019. Go to the rebates page to learn about eligibility requirements and download the pre-application form.


Water Smarty Requests Extension of Grant Funds for 2019 Season

Water Smarty has requested an extension of its grant funding through the 2019 landscape season. Both grantors have informally approved the request. When the City receives formal approval, citizens can reserve a rebate for 2019. Watch this website for updates on when you can sign up.

Water Smarty had a successful 2018 season:  28 property owners are replacing lawn and receiving rebates. Many of these projects are closing in on the finish line! The photos below show some of the projects that have been completed so far.


Thinking about a new paver patio? Water Smarty has $100,000 to help!

Water Smarty has $100,000 available for lawn replacement rebate projects.  Residential projects can receive up to a $2,000 rebate.  Multi-family, commercial or institutional projects can receive up to a $7,500 rebate. There are eligibility requirements for both types of projects. To get started, check out the Rebates page of this website for all of the program details and application forms.

The program suits projects that plan to remove lawn and replace it with a permeable hardscape material, like pavers, decomposed granite, crushed rock, or gravel. Past projects have used these materials for patios, walkways, extra parking, utility areas, and even mulch. Drought tolerant plants on drip can comprise 25% of the project area.

Rebate funds are available through two grants. Both grants end this year, so apply now to reserve your rebate and complete your project.

Residential rebate recipients must attend one water-wise workshop. In June, there will be two opportunities to learn about native plants in the home landscape, and how they can help with water conservation. Both workshops, hosted by the Sawtooth Botanical Garden, meet the Water Smarty education requirement for residential rebate projects. Please see the Resources page of this website for workshop details.


Resilient Landscapes for Resilient Communities Series

The city of Hailey, Ketchum, Sun Valley, Bellevue, Sawtooth Botanical Garden, and Wood River Land Trust Announce: Resilient Landscapes for Resilient Communities Series

Explore landscape design, xeriscape principles and using nativars in creating beautiful outdoor settings and home gardens. All sessions are Water-Wise and qualify for the Hailey Water Smarty rebate program. Join us this winter for the first three of six in the series.

Water Smarty Yards Save Water and Look Great

Seventeen participants have completed their Water Smarty projects, replacing turf with hardscape materials, drought tolerant plants, or a combination of both.

The Water Smarty program continues to have a waiting list. The waiting list will be rolled over to next year, when the City hopes to continue the program. Some minor program modifications will be made, based on lessons learned this year. To be placed on the waiting list, download a pre‐application.