Water wholesaler mulls budget boost for lawn rebate program

May 26, 2015 12:46 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A cash-for-grass program is proving so popular during California's drought that a water wholesaler is considering boosting the budget for turf replacement rebates.

Board members of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California will meet Tuesday to discuss adding $350 million to its lawn rebate program. The program's current budget is $100 million.

Residents and businesses have rushed to request the rebates since April when Gov. Jerry Brown ordered mandatory cuts in urban water usage.

Under the program, the agency pays homeowners and businesses $2 per square foot to replace grass with drought-friendly landscaping.

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