Businesses and institutions gearing up to comply with a new state ban on using potable drinking water to irrigate non-functional lawns will soon get additional help from Metropolitan to transform turf into more sustainable landscaping, thanks to a state grant. The California Department of Water Resources presented a $38 million check to Metropolitan officials earlier this month as part of its Urban Community Drought Relief program.
The grant will help Metropolitan increase its turf replacement rebate for businesses and institutions from $2 to $3 a square foot in 2024. The funds will help offset costs to convert up to 30 million square feet of non-functional turf into water-efficient landscaping. In total, the program has directly resulted in the removal of about 218 million square feet of grass, saving enough water to serve about 68,000 households annually.
The state funding also supports two interagency water conservation initiatives. The first is a partnership between Metropolitan and SoCal Gas to provide no-cost direct installation of high efficiency fixtures, such as weather-based irrigation controllers and more efficient clothes washers, to income-eligible households. The second is a Metropolitan-sponsored program to support local public fire departments in purchasing water-recirculating units that conserve water during essential training exercises.
Read the press release.