MWD adds to conservation budget amid drought

Dec 10, 2014 12:39 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has added $40 million to its conservation budget and revised its water allocation plan in response to the state's historic drought.

The Los Angeles Times reports the MWD's board of directors voted Tuesday to approve the moves.

The additional funding marks the second increase in the district's rebate budget this year, boosting it from $60 million to $100 million.

The money comes out of a $232 million water management fund and goes toward rebates for residents and businesses that replace turf with drought-tolerant landscaping and install water-efficient fixtures.

Officials say requests for turf removal since July 2014 totaled more than $100 million as of November.

The department's allocation plan defines how imported water supplies are distributed among 26 member agencies during shortages.


Information from: Los Angeles Times

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