LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Metropolitan Water District officials urged conservation this week, noting that the state’s worst drought in 1,200 years is expected to continue into spring and winter. Officials have urged residents to take advantage of the rebates to replace lawns with water-efficient landscaping.
“If you’re not using your weed, if it’s just there to look pretty, please consider the beauty of native and California-friendly plants instead,” said MWD Board Chair Gloria D. Gray. . “Not only do they look beautiful and save water, but they also create important ecosystems for birds and butterflies.”
According to the Metropolitan Water District, turning a 1,500 square foot lawn into a water-efficient landscape can save 51,000 gallons of water each year.
People who replace their lawns with water-efficient landscaping can receive a $2 per square foot rebate from MWD, Southern California’s Water Wholesaler. Discounts are also available from other local water agencies.
The rebate program cleared 200 million square feet of grass, saving enough water to supply about 62,000 homes each year, officials said.
In addition to reducing water use for lawns, officials have urged residents and businesses to repair leaky sprinkler heads and adjust them to prevent overspray in areas devoid of plants.
“We need to make these finished supplies last all year round,” Metropolis chief executive Adel Hagekhalil said. “If we don’t reduce now, we could be limited to providing only enough water to meet the health and human safety needs in these communities. This would effectively eliminate all outdoor water usage. Let’s all heed the urgent call for conservation and proactively reduce unnecessary water consumption.”
Last week, officials also reiterated the need for customers to conserve water after the California Department of Water Resources announced State Water Project allowances would be cut to just 5%.
The reduction to 5% from the previously announced 15% comes after a historically dry start to the year, the California Department of Water Resources said.
DWR officials said state reservoir levels were about 70% of average and the statewide Sierra snowpack was down to 55% of average for the date. State officials will conduct another snow survey on April 1, and a final allocation for the water year will likely be announced in May or June.
“California is well into its third year of drought and with the winter ending very dry, water conditions will become more challenging in the months ahead,” the Natural Resources Agency secretary said Monday. of California, Wade Crowfoot. “We all need to do our part to conserve water and use it as efficiently as possible – and make it our way of life. The state’s Save Our Water campaign can help Californians make those changes with up-to-date information. up-to-date and easy, actionable water savings tips.”
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