Metropolitan joined California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot and Pasadena leaders earlier this month at the Sheldon Reservoir Project to raise urgency for Californians to cut back on water use amidst extreme drought conditions.
“About half of the water used in Southern California is used outdoors. So, one of the best ways we can become more water efficient is by replacing thirsty grass with California Friendly® and native plants that use up to 85 percent less water,” said Metropolitan board Vice Chair Cynthia Kurtz, Pasadena's representative on Metropolitan's board.
Metropolitan Resource Specialist Krista Guerrero
talks with ABC7.
Secretary Crowfoot's visit coincided with Metropolitan's release of two new studies highlighting the value and wide-ranging success of its Turf Replacement Program, which provides rebates to residents who swap their water-guzzling lawns for more water-efficient California Friendly® and native plants.
One study found that for every 100 homes that converted their yards using a rebate, an additional 132 nearby homes were inspired to convert their own grass without receiving a rebate. This “multiplier effect” more than doubled the value of Metropolitan’s investment in making Southern California more sustainable.