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James City Service Authority

119 Tewning Rd.
Williamsburg, VA 23188

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P: 757-259-5416
F: 757-229-2463

 

"Let's be Water Smart" is a public/private water management initiative of the James City Service Authority. The goal of Let's be Water Smart is to promote responsible water usage in James City County, Virginia. For more information or to become a Water Smart partner, contact JCSA at 119 Tewning Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23188-2639

 

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8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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@jamescitycountyva.gov

 

Water Smart Landscape Rebate FAQs

 

What are the landscape requirements for the rebate?

1. Before hiring a landscape irrigation professional or having any work done, you must contact the JCSA to ensure your eligibility. Please call or call us at 259-5416 or email jcsa@jamescitycountyva.gov

2. Hire a Virginia Society of Landscape Designers (VSLD) certified Landscape Designer. You will receive a greater rebate if you hire an EPA WaterSense landscape irrigation professional partner. For a list of Virginia Society of Landscape Designers (VSLD) certified Landscape Designers, please see their website at www.vsld.org or call them at (804) 355-5211. For a list of WaterSense partnering landscape irrigation professionals, see www.epa.gov/watersense/.
 
3. Have your landscape/irrigation professional(s) prepare a detailed aerial landscape plan. If installing irrigation system components, also include irrigation on your plan. Have them complete the landscaping/irrigation work according to the JCSA Water Smart landscape requirements in the following section.
 
4. After landscaping/irrigation work is completed, submit the rebate form, copy of receipt, and detailed aerial landscape and irrigation plan stamped or signed by your landscape professional and, if applicable, by your EPA WaterSense landscape irrigation professional partner.

The landscape and irrigation system must fulfill the following requirements:

A. Water-Efficient Landscaping

  • No more than 30 percent, up to 5,000 square feet, of the lot’s pervious areas will be allowed turf irrigation.
  • All plantings must be native or water wise plants from the JCSA Water Smart Plant List. In-ground irrigation is not permitted for plantings and other non-turf areas. Plants must be grouped by water needs. It is recommended that plantings not be irrigated at all, but drip irrigation is permitted.
  • Wherever possible, existing trees and vegetation must be retained. Pre-existing vegetation may not be irrigated.
  • Trees located in turf areas must be mulched.
  • Warm season grasses such as Zoysia and Bermuda must be used.

B. Irrigation Systems

For details, call the Outdoor Water Info Line (24 hours, 7 days a week) at 259-4152, JCSA Customer Service (M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) at 757-253-6800 or visit JCSA’s website.

What certification must my landscape/irrigation professional have?

 

You must hire a Virginia Society of Landscape Designers (VSLD) certified Landscape Designer.
You will receive a greater rebate if you hire an EPA WaterSense landscape irrigation professional partner.

For a list of Virginia Society of Landscape Designers (VSLD) certified Landscape Designers, please see their website at www.vsld.org or call them at 804-355-5211. For a list of WaterSense partnering landscape irrigation professionals, see www.epa.gov/watersense/.

How much is the rebate and what are the requirements?

 

Rebate Amount

  • JCSA will refund up to $150 if landscape rebate requirements are fulfilled with the hiring of a Virginia Society of Landscape Designers (VSLD) certified Landscape Designer, not exceeding the cost of landscape service and irrigation installation/removal.
  • JCSA will refund up to $250 if landscape rebate requirements are fulfilled with the hiring of a WaterSense partnering landscape irrigation professional, not exceeding the cost of landscape service and irrigation installation/removal.

Other Requirements

  • Applicant must be a JCSA residential water customer. Account balance must be current
  • Landscape service, irrigation installation, and/or irrigation removal must be purchased on or after January 1, 2010, to be eligible for the rebate.
  • Landscape professional must be on a current list of Virginia Society of Landscape Designers, found at www.vsld.org. If hiring a EPA WaterSense Partner for greater rebate, landscape irrigation professional must be on a current list of EPA WaterSense Partners, as found at www.epa.gov/watersense.
  • Before hiring a landscape irrigation professional or having any work done, you must contact the JCSA at 757-253-6859 or bewatersmart@jamescitycountyva.gov.
  • Landscape service, irrigation installation, and/or irrigation removal must occur prior to application for rebate.
  • Limit one Water Smart Landscape Rebate per JCSA water customer.
  • Applicant is solely responsible for purchase and installation arrangements and payments.
  • Applicant agrees to allow JCSA inspector access to the premises in order to inspect landscape if selected for random inspection.
  • To be eligible for rebate, survey and form must be completed in their entirety and enclosed with copy of receipt and detailed aerial landscape and irrigation plan certified (stamped or signed) by your landscape / irrigation professional(s).

 

What resources are available on creating and maintaining ‘water smart’ landscapes?

 

For tips on how to make your landscape hardier and healthier such as required maintenance, weed control, testing soil pH, mulching, and groundcover, check out our Let’s Be Water Smart Landscaping Guide (PDF) and the Hampton Roads Water Efficiency Team Water Wise Landscaping & Watering Guide (PDF).

What are some benefits of a water smart landscape?

  • Save Water. The James City Service Authority estimates that in the summer months, a typical American household can save about 41 thousand gallons a year, or a little over 10 thousand gallons per quarter if they reduce their turf irrigation to 30 percent of pervious lot area.
  • Save Money. The same turf irrigation removal can save a typical household almost $50 a quarter.
  • Have a Healthier, Easier to Manage Lawn. Turf studies show that most lawns only need irrigation once every 4 to 8 days to stay healthy and green. Irrigating every day results in shallow roots and more weeds; irrigating less often and applying more water per irrigation results in deeper roots and healthier turf. By following our Water Smart Landscape Rebate requirements, you can have a healthier lawn and use less water. Zoyasia and Bermuda grass lawns only require a 1/2 inch of water per week.

 

What must I do before I pursue the rebate?

 

Before hiring a landscape irrigation professional or having any work done, you must contact the JCSA at 757-253-6859 or bewatersmart@jamescitycountyva.gov.

Where can I visit a water smart landscape before I pursue the rebate?

 

Seeing is believing. What do native and drought tolerant gardens look like? Before converting your yard, visit these sites:

What professionals in the area are properly certified for this rebate?

 

Virginia Society of Landscape Designers (VSLD) Certified Landscape Designers

The following Virginia Society of Landscape Designers (VSLD) certified Landscape Designers serve the James City County area. This list is accurate to the best of our knowledge but is subject to change. For a complete list of Virginia Society of Landscape Designers (VSLD) certified Landscape Designers, please see their website at www.vsld.org and select “Members” or call them at (804) 355-5211.

Scott Duncan
Irrigation Management Solutions, LLC
536 Pantops Center – Box 221, Charlottesville, VA 22911
434-326-5414
Email: wetmanagement@gmail.com

Peggy Krapf
Hearts Ease Landscape and Garden Design
7884 Richmond Rd, Toano, VA 23168
757-566-9088

Diana J. Marahrens
Accolades Landscape Designs
4752 Bristol Circle, Williamsburg, VA 23185
757-229-4368

Don Newsom
Delightful Gardens Landscape Co., Inc.
7242 Merrimac Trail, Williamsburg, VA 23185
757-253-1933

Douglas Lockwood
Cooke's Gardens
1826 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185
757-220-0099

Joe Hertzler
Hertzler and George
P.O. Box 457, Williamsburg, VA 23187
757-229-9668

The JCSA does not endorse specific brands, products, contractors, or companies. List does not denote preference. If you notice that our list is out of date, please email bewatersmart@jamescitycountyva.gov or call us at 253-6859. JCSA reserves the right to control web content.

EPA WaterSense Landscape Irrigation Professional Partners

The following WaterSense Landscape Irrigation Professional Partners serve the James City County area. This list is accurate to the best of our knowledge but is subject to change. For a complete list of EPA WaterSense landscape irrigation professional partners, please see their website at www.epa.gov/watersense/

Brian Gibson & Bill Kennon
Heads UpSprinkler Systems, Inc.
3716 Cook Boulevard, Chesapeake, VA 23323
757-485-7353

Daniel Biggs
Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
13221 Woodland Park Road, Suite 400, Herndon, VA 20171
(703) 674-1321

Jimmy Haines
National Turf & Irrigation
11843 Tugboat Lane, Newport News, VA 23606
757-873-2424

Montgomery Irrigation
10986 Leadbetter Road, Ashland, VA 23005
804-550-1771

James Sheshene
April Showers, Inc.
P.O. Box 1068, Yorktown , VA 23692
757-875-0105

Tommy Edwards
Irrigation Concepts, LLC

3320 John Tree Hill Rd, Powhatan, VA 23139
804-822-0083

Jeff Wehrung
Colonial Gardens
320 Ewell Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188
757-565-3648

The JCSA does not endorse specific brands, products, contractors, or companies. List does not denote preference. If you notice that our list is out of date, please email jcsa@jamescitycountyva.gov or call us at 757-259-5416. JCSA reserves the right to control web content.

What else can I do to conserve municipal water?

In order to save additional water:

  • Consider landscaping techniques from our Let’s Be Water Smart program including lawn care calendars, guides, suggested plant, and water-thrifty tips under "Resources."
  • If you plan to install a new toilet, make it a high-efficiency toilet! Look for the EPA’s new WaterSense label and visit their website when shopping for high-efficiency toilets, landscape irrigation services, irrigation control technologies, showerheads, and more! (Check our WaterSense High-Efficiency Toilet Rebate to see if you are eligible.)
  • Install a rain sensor for your home irrigation system if you do not have one. This is probably the easiest action you can take to save the most water. (Check our Rain Sensor Rebate to see if you are eligible.)
  • Check out our other rebates.
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What else can I do to reduce runoff and protect my local waterways?

Water Smart landscaping works great in conjunction with other stormwater management and low impact development features, such as green roofs, rain gardens, porous pavement, and proper retention pond maintenance.

See the PRIDE (Protecting Resources in Delicate Environments) website for information about:

  • Turf Love, a partner program with the Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers to teach homeowners how to produce healthy turf while reducing the use of fertilizers, pesticides, and insecticides,
  • Simple tips to protect our waterways, and
  • A primer on rain gardens (.pdf), which are gardens developed in low-lying areas where drainage collects, so that your stormwater runoff helps your garden grow instead of hurting your local waterways.

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