LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Friday, October 13 that rebates provided by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) for residential and commercial turf removal will rise over the next three months.

Rates will increase from $1.75 to $2 per square foot up to a maximum of 1,500 square feet. The rebates are designed to encourage residents and businesses to reduce water consumption through the removal of turf from their yards. They are part of the city of Los Angeles’ expansive “Save the Drop” program which aims to reduce the total war consumption of the city by 20 percent. Additional components of the turf replacement program include emphasizing the importance of sustainable landscaping, rainwater capture, and drip irrigation.

“Save the Drop” endeavors to help the city of Los Angeles reach Mayor Garcetti’s goal of cutting the amount of imported water purchased in half by 2025. Other elements of the plan include projects to clean the San Fernando Valley aquifer and to encourage greater water recycling, stormwater repurposing, and groundwater recharging efforts.

“We are pleased to continue offering our turf replacement rebate — the most popular of all our water conservation programs,” said LADWP General Manager David H. Wright in a press release from the Office of the Mayor. “Since 2009, Angelenos have removed nearly 50 million square feet of grass, yielding about 2 billion gallons in annual water savings.”

“Save the Drop” is a program of the Mayor’s Fund of Los Angles, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and the creative agency Omelet LLC.

To obtain additional information visit www.SavetheDropLA.org and www.CadaGotitaCuentaLA.org.