A Guide to Rebates on Drought-Tolerant Landscaping

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A file photo shows sprinklers watering the lawn in Golden Gate Park on April 2, 2015 in San Francisco. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown called for the removal 50 million square feet of lawn in the state, water agencies say that they are well on their way to meeting the goal.

In his State of the City address Tuesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti praised Los Angeles for its large contribution. “Governor, today I can report that with only 10% of the state’s population, Los Angeles will reach half of your entire statewide goal by the end of this year,” Garcetti said.

Department of Water and Power spokeswoman Carol Tucker said that estimate was based on the “existing number of customer reservations, recent activity levels and projections of future reservations.”

Since July 1, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has paid just over $34 million in turf removal rebates. It has given the go-ahead to an additional $120 million in turf removal applications. The agency offers a rebate of $2 per square foot, which many cities have supplemented with their own rebate programs.

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