Environment & Science

Southern California turf rebate program paid out nearly $57M

Nicole and Julian Peeke

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California shelled out nearly $57 million during a popular program that paid homeowners and businesses to replace lawns with drought-friendly landscaping.

The Daily News cites MWD data released Friday that show the money went to 15,000 residents and businesses, many of which received additional rebate funds from their local water supplier.

The program, which ran from January into June of this year, replaced nearly 30 million square feet of grass.

The figures gives the first glimpse of where the initial payments of the roughly $340 million rebate program went.

The newspaper says residential customers received about 70 percent of the rebates and removed an equal proportion of turf, with an average project size of 1,500 square feet.