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July 17, 2015

MSWD Turf Rebate Winners

It was a best case scenario for Mission Springs Water District (MSWD) and residential customers who applied for the first-ever turf rebate program. Every qualified applicant received preliminary approval to receive funding.

MSWD proposed a "lottery-style" approach that was created to ensure that all MSWD customers would have an equal chance at receiving a rebate for replacing their lawn with water efficient desert landscaping. The District allocated $300,000 of its $500,000 Proposition 84 grant to residential projects. The remaining funds are set aside for non-residential projects and administrative costs for running the program. The funding was part of a $5.2 million grant distributed to the Coachella Valley Regional Water Management Group (CVRWMG) for the Coachella Valley Regional Turf Reduction Program.

143 residential applications were received by the deadline of July 13th at 5 p.m. Of those, 134 were preliminarily qualified (field verification is required), with the total rebate requests in at just shy of the $300,000 program budget. "We couldn't be happier and I'm sure our customers will be just as pleased" said Nancy Wright, President of the MSWD Board of Directors. The program will result in savings of over 5 million gallons of water per year.

John Soulliere, the Turf Rebate program manager, said that the next step is to notify the applicants, set up site visits to authenticate eligibility and get the projects under way to reduce water use on turf landscaping. MSWD is mandated to reduce consumption by 28% from 2013 consumption as part of the Governor's efforts to achieve a 25% state-wide reduction in response to the historic California drought.

Filed under California,Desert Hot Springs | permalink | July 17, 2015 at 04:14 PM


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