LA audit says turf removal rebates save water, but at a cost

Nov 21, 2015 12:34 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles city audit says turf removal rebates rewarding property owners for tearing out their lawns saved less water per dollar than other conservation measures.

City Controller Ron Galperin found turf replacement programs yielded far less savings than other programs, and the biggest water savings came not from incentives, but residents' cutbacks.

The audit released Friday says the city's Department of Water and Power spent nearly $18 million on turf rebates in the 2014-2015 fiscal year, and that each dollar is expected to save 350 gallons of water over a decade.

In contrast, the audit says nearly $16 million spent on other measures such as high-efficiency appliances will produce a per-dollar savings of at least 1,700 gallons of water.

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