California's landscaping is a $25 billion industry, according to the most recent statistics from the California Landscape Contractors Association.
The industry employs around 169,942 individuals and has a total employment impact of 257,650 jobs.
And, for now at least, the rebate program is giving a boost to landscapers, said Bob Muir, a program manager for the MWDSC.
"The transition toward climate-appropriate landscapes is creating new market opportunities for the landscape industry," Muir said in an email to CNBC.com.
"These landscapes are not maintenance-free, and consumers that invest in removing lawn and changing their landscapes need plant care, irrigation and other maintenance services," he added.
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But those in the industry say it has limits.
"We just got a contract to do a city project for the next two years, but the drought would be hurting us if we didn't have that," said Joyce Mabar of S.B. Landscaping in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
"Some landscapers are suffering because of the cutback in maintenance, and many are having to cut prices because of that," Mabar added. "It's getting even more competitive to be a landscaper as the drought goes on."
And there are some caveats on the rebates themselves, said CLCA's Carr.
"Every water district doesn't have the money to do this, and the rebates won't cover the whole cost of removing and replacing your lawns," he said.