Thursday, July 12, 2007
"Plant" fake grass, get rebate check
WATER INDUSTRY NEWS
CA water leaders vote ‘yes’ to fake-grass rebates
LOS ANGELES — In an effort to save water, the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) has approved a measure to give homeowners in drought-plagued Southern California a rebate for using synthetic turf, a July 11 North County Times story said.
Lawn watering makes up 50 to 70 percent of the water used by homeowners, according to the story.
Water officials think this is the first time in Southern California’s history that such an incentive has been offered.
Las Vegas offered rebates in 2002 and still continues to do so.
According to MWD spokesman Bob Muir, the rebates will equal 30 cents per square foot of turf. In Las Vegas, $1 per square foot is offered.
Encinitas, CA, Mayor James Bond, who is also a member of the Water Authority and Metropolitan boards, said he thinks this is a better plan than encouraging homeowners to xeriscape. Bond said in the story, “People still like green grass. It's part of the culture. And a culture shift takes time.”
The rebates will be offered to the agency's 18 million customers.
The real reason Dalager's tool sharpening shop closed down. Artificial turf gets vacuumed, not mowed.
Former city council candidate Doug Long has an artificial lawn in front of his plumbing business on Second Street in downtown Encinitas.