MWD Turf Removal Funds Dry Up, City Funds Still Available

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Glendora officials want to remind residents that city funds slated for turf removal rebates are still available on the heels of recent news that funds with the Metropolitan Water District have gone dry.

The city’s turf removal program is run separately from the MWD and continues to have funding available for Glendora water customers. Rebate funding was doubled in May to $500,000 after the City Council adopted an emergency drought ordinance for the 2015-16 fiscal year, said city staff in a written statement.

The MWD funds dried up at midnight July 9. Customers not already signed up would be placed on a waiting list with no guarantee they would receive any rebates. Participation in the MWD’s rebate program reportedly exceeded available funds, despite the addition of nearly $350 million in May of this year.

Glendora residents can receive a rebate of $2 per square foot of turf for up to a total of 1,500 square feet. Residents can also enjoy a $200 rebate for assistance with landscape design fees.

Rebates are also available for installation of water saving devices, such as high-efficiency toilets, washing machines, weather-based irrigation controllers, rain barrels and pool covers.

Recently, state and city officials reported that Glendora residents reduced their water usage in the month of May by nearly half compared to the same month in 2013.

The city cut residential gallons per capita per day by 48 percent compared to the same time period, according to the California State Water Resources Control Board.

For more information on Glendora’s water conservation program, visit their site, or call the Water Division at (626) 852-4838.