Southern California turf rebate program paid out nearly $57 million: fresh stats show

Southern California turf rebate program paid out nearly $57 million: fresh stats show

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has paid millions to area residents and businesses under turf rebate program, fresh data released by the wholesaler late last week revealed.

According to fresh data, the wholesaler paid $56.7 million to households and businesses between late January 2014 and June 16 this year to replace almost 30 million square feet of grass. Nearly 15,000 households and businesses received enjoyed the rebate.

Residential customers accounted for around 70 per cent of the rebates and removed an identical proportion of turf, with an average project size of around 1,500 square feet.

Commercial customers, including school districts and golf courses, made up the rest. The average commercial removal of turf was 16,000 square feet, which is equivalent to a quarter of a football ground.

The region's two biggest cities, viz. Los Angeles and San Diego, accounted for nearly a five (20 per cent) of all residential rebates given by the wholesalers during the period under review. Four communities of the parched San Fernando Valley are among the top ten areas that received the most residential rebates.

The turf rebate program, which was introduced to help reduce water demand, spread like wildfire as Gov. Jerry Brown urged Californians to conservation water amid the state's historic drought and businesses realized they could pocket significant sum for changing their landscaping.