- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has added $40 million to its conservation budget and revised its water allocation plan in response to the state’s historic drought.

The Los Angeles Times reports (https://lat.ms/1scZTTf ) the MWD’s board of directors voted Tuesday to approve the moves.

The additional funding marks the second increase in the district’s rebate budget this year, boosting it from $60 million to $100 million.

The money comes out of a $232 million water management fund and goes toward rebates for residents and businesses that replace turf with drought-tolerant landscaping and install water-efficient fixtures.

Officials say requests for turf removal since July 2014 totaled more than $100 million as of November.

The department’s allocation plan defines how imported water supplies are distributed among 26 member agencies during shortages.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com


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