FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: June 29, 2012 2:55:19 PM PDT
Rebate on California Friendly Landscape Increases to $1.50 Per Square Foot LOS ANGELES- LADWP re-launches its popular water conservation rebate program for homes and businesses on July 1, offering rebates on more than a dozen separate water-saving incentives to encourage conservation while also saving money. Any of the 657,000 water customers within the City of Los Angeles service area can benefit from the rebates and incentives offered by the LADWP through the SoCal Water$mart Rebate and Save-A-Buck programs for items ranging from high-efficiency clothes washers (residential) to ice making machines (commercial) to rotating sprinkler nozzles (residential and commercial). Residential customers who replace water-thirsty lawns with California Friendly Landscape will now receive a $1.50 per square foot rebate, versus $1 under the prior Turf Replacement Program, for a maximum of $3,000 and 2,000 square feet per project. A list of climate appropriate plants and examples of drought tolerant landscape projects and other tips are available at www.bewaterwise.com. “Angelenos are embracing water-savings like no other major City in the country, and by again offering these incentive programs, we will move the bar even further as more LADWP customers become water-wise,” said James B. McDaniel, Senior Assistant General Manager, Water System. “In this era of limited, and more expensive imported water supplies, every drop saved puts money back in our customers’ pockets and helps the environment.” For the nine U.S. cities with over one million residents, Los Angeles has the lowest per capita use at 123 gallons per day, besting New York, San Diego, San Antonio, Philadelphia, Houston, Chicago, Phoenix and Dallas. The SoCal Water$mart Rebate Program for residential customers (tenants, homeowners, and landlords) is facilitated by our regional water partner, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). To view a list of rebate offerings, go to www.socalwatersmart.com. LADWP’s Save–A-Buck program for commercial and industrial customers offers rebates for 15 different water efficient devices, machines and equipment. Commercial customers include multi-family residences such as apartment buildings as well as retail operations, restaurants, in addition to office buildings, manufacturers and other similar businesses. Applications and guidelines are available at www.mwdsaveabuck.com. The Department also has free water conservation devices to help customers save water in the home. Items available free of charge for LADWP customers include: 1.5, 1.0 and 0.5 gallons per minute (gpm) bathroom faucet aerators, 1.5 gpm kitchen faucet aerators and 2.0 gpm showerheads. Visit one of our regional customer service centers to pick up any of these devices and valuable printed information on water conservation and our rebate programs. For more information on water conservation in Los Angeles, including our water conservation rebate incentives, please click here.