The 1,000 free rain barrels offered by the city two days ago proved so popular that all have already been claimed, but Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday Angelenos can still apply for $100 rebates to cover most, if not all of the cost of purchasing rain barrels.
While city officials plan to offer another 400 barrels in January, Garcetti said Department of Water and Power customers can claim rebates on the rain barrels, which can be used for irrigating lawns and gardens.
Details about how to apply for the rebate is buried on the DWP website, but the persistent can find them by visiting http://www.lamayor.org/droughthack and clicking on the “Rebates & Free Stuff” button. Once there, click on the blue link that reads “Residential Rebates & Programs,” then scroll down to expand the “Landscaping & Irrigation” tab to find the $100 rain barrel rebate guidelines.
DWP ratepayers can purchase 50-gallon or bigger barrels, and the rebate can be used to buy no more than four barrels per home.
The utility has given out 524 rebates since the program started in January, according to DWP spokeswoman Jane Galbraith.
— City News Service