Water wholesaler mulls limits on popular lawn rebate program

May 16, 2015 3:45 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 new limits on turf replacement rebates.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California says it's temporarily out of money for its lawn rebate program. Residents and businesses rushed to request the rebates since April when Gov. Jerry Brown ordered mandatory cuts in urban water usage.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the agency continues to fill rebate requests on a first-come, first-served basis. The MWD plans to vote this month to consider new limits on rebates and increase its conservation budget.

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

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