FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANAHEIM PUBLIC UTILITIES INCREASES TURF REMOVAL REBATES IN RESPONSE TO THE DROUGHT
ANAHEIM, Calif. (July 25, 2014) Anaheim Public Utilities recently increased their turf removal rebate in response to California’s drought to encourage customers to save water with outdoor landscaping. The Utility is now offering qualified residents a $3 per square foot rebate—which has increased from $1 per square foot earlier this year —for removing water-intensive turf grass and replacing it with California Friendly landscaping or artificial turf. The increase is made possible by a grant from the California State Department of Water Resources.
On average, 50% of a resident’s total water use is for outdoor irrigation. Replacing grass lawn with California Friendly alternatives allows customers to save both water and money. “We should all do our part and help conserve water during this drought, and this rebate is one way residents can participate,” said Mayor Tom Tait.
The rebate will also assist customers in meeting the State Water Board’s recent actions for mandatory water conservation, which restricts outdoor watering which causes excessive runoff. Other state restrictions include no washing down of sidewalks and driveways, using a hose to wash a vehicle only if it is fitted with a shut-off nozzle, and using potable water in a fountain only if it is recirculated. Anaheim Public Utilities is encouraging residents and businesses to identify and stop water waste so that fines aren’t necessary.
“We would like to thank the Anaheim community for their water conservation efforts since the Governor declared a statewide drought in January,” said Dukku Lee, Anaheim Public Utilities General Manager. “We’re hoping that offering increased incentives to our customers will help them reduce water use further.”
Anaheim also offers rebates on a number of other items to help save water outdoors, such as weather-based irrigation controllers, rotating sprinkler nozzles, and soil moisture sensor systems.
For more information on saving water or program details, visit www.anaheim.net/savewater.
For more information on the City of Anaheim, please visit www.anaheim.net.
ABOUT ANAHEIM –The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation’s premier municipalities and is one of California’s most populous cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 346,000 residents and more than 2,900 City employees. The municipal corporation’s annual budget is $1.6 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, and the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.