New Sustainable Landscapes Program in Orange County to provide rebates for efficiency

The Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) announced they have been awards $2 million by the Bureau of Reclamation for for sustainable landscape improvements to residential and commercial properties in Orange County.

The grant will fund MWDOC’s Orange County Sustainable Landscapes Program that provides rebates to customers for putting in California Friendly landscapes, high-efficiency irrigation, or using alternative water sources.

“The Bureau’s grant award endorses MWDOC’s commitment to promoting water use efficiency for all of
Orange County,” said MWDOC President Sat Tamaribuchi, “which is the most cost-effective method to
increase water reliability in the county.”

According to MWDOC, the program could save an estimated 378 million gallons of water and up to 3.5 million kilowatt-hours each year.

MWDOC aims to transform up to 1.5 million square feet of turfgrass into California Friendly landscapes, upgrade approximately 5,500 irrigation timers to smart irrigation controllers, and convert about 12 sites to an alternative sustainable source, such as rainwater capture or recycled water.

The Program is expected to begin in October 2021 and run for three years.

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