Drought: Metropolitan Water District Gave Out $131 Million in Rebates For Toilets and Rain Barrels

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The past year saw homeowners install 215,000 low-flow toilets, 27,000 water-efficient washers, and 13,000 water collecting rain barrels. In addition to the $131 million in rebates already given out, MWD still has $17 million left in its budget for the program. “At this point, there’s still time remaining and rebates available for consumers and businesses that haven’t had the opportunity to hop on the conservation bandwagon. But they better hurry,” MWD General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger said.

It’s been a very high profile year of water conservation efforts by the WMD, and there seems to be no signs of it stopping any time soon. Because of high demand, the budget for conservation rebates for the 2105-16 fiscal year has ballooned to $450 million. Last year, the budget for the rebate program was just $18 million. —Jeff Wattenhofer

· Metropolitan Water District issues $131 million in conservation rebates [CNS]

·Metropolitan Water District Has No Idea If Cash-For-Grass Rebates Will be Taxed by the IRS [Curbed LA]

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