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

Turns out, if you pay Angelenos to do it, they're more than happy to help conserve water. In addition to the Metropolitan Water District's wildly popular grass removal program, thousands of people also took advantage of rebates for replacing their inefficient appliances. Rebates were paid out for the installation of water-saving low-flow toilets, high-efficiency washing machines, rain barrels, and "weather-based irrigation controllers." In the fiscal year for 2014-15 that ended June 30, the WMD gave out a whopping $131 million in rebates for the water-conservation aids, reports the City News Service.

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]