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LADWP offers turf-replacement program

June 3, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A day after new lawn watering restrictions went into effect in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) Tuesday announced a plan designed to encourage homeowners to rip up their thirsty lawns. The Residential Drought Landscape Incentive Program will pay single-family residential customers a dollar for each square foot of turf removed and replaced with drought-tolerant plants, mulch and water permeable hardscape.

The DWP must pre-approve the customers' plans and proof of installation is required to receive the rebate.

The DWP estimates as much as 40 percent of water is used for outdoor watering. The utility says replacing traditional lawns with drought-tolerant varieties would provide a significant water savings.

The DWP says one square foot of lawn requires 50 inches of water per year. By comparison, drought-tolerant plants only need 15 inches of water, or even less, per square foot.

For more information, call (888) 376-3314 or go to the LADWP Web site for their rebates and programs.

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