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The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will increase its rebates to Angelenos who want to conserve water by removing turf from their yards, it was announced Friday.

“We are pleased to continue offering our turf replacement rebate — the most popular of all our water conservation programs,” LADWP General Manager David H. Wright said. “Since 2009, Angelenos have removed nearly 50 million square feet of grass, yielding about 2 billion gallons in annual water savings.”

The rebate is part of the Save the Drop campaign and aims to take advantage of the fall planting season by increasing the rebate for the next three months from $1.75 to $2 per square foot up to 1,500 square feet, or as much as $375 more per customer.

“Last year may have brought plenty of rain to Los Angeles, but make no mistake — saving water is as important as ever,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “Angelenos have already shown that they can step up and conserve. Now, it’s time to double down by removing thirsty grass from our yards, and finding new ways to Save the Drop.”

Garcetti’s office said that earlier this year, Angelenos met the mayor’s goal of reducing city-wide water consumption by 20 percent. His Sustainable City pLAn goal is to cut purchases of imported water in half by 2025.

–City News Service

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