Amid a historic drought in California, water conservation rebates were increased by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on Thursday, offering residential customers $500 rebates for purchases of high-efficiency washing machines and $250 for purchases of water-efficient toilets.
Rebates were previously $400 for high-efficiency washers, which use up to 55% less water than standard washers. According to the DWP, the most efficient appliances can reduce water usage by more than 11,000 gallons per year.
DWP’s rebates for water-efficient toilets were previously $150. Rebate-eligible toilets use more than 30% less water than standard models.
DWP commercial customers can now receive $300 rebates for low-flow toilets, which previously had a $250 rebate. Owners of multi-family, commercial and industrial buildings who install large-scale water conservation systems can also receive a $2 million incentive, which was increased earlier this year by $250,000. The Technical Assistance Program incentive is available for pre-approved cooling towers, recirculating systems, recycling microfiltration systems, and other upgrades that reduce potable water consumption by at least 50,000 gallons over two years.
“As all of California faces extremely dry conditions for the third straight year, we are urgently calling on Angelenos to conserve and use water efficiently. Offering our customers higher discounts and other resources means they can continue to save water while lowering their utility bill,” DWP Managing Director and Chief Engineer Martin Adams said in a statement. “Less water used now means more water stored for when it is most needed during the last spring and summer months.”
The reimbursement increases come less than a week after the California Department of Water Resources announced that state water project allocations to state agencies will be reduced to just 5%.
The reduction to 5% from the previously announced 15% comes after a historically dry start to the year, according to the California Department of Water Resources.
DWR officials said state reservoir levels were about 70% of average and the statewide Sierra snowpack was down to 55% of average for the date. State officials will conduct another snow survey on April 1, and a final allocation for the water year will likely be announced in May or June.
People can learn more about DWP’s discounts at ladwp.com/save. Information about the technical support program, including how to receive a free cooling tower evaluation, is available at bit.ly/34dv3Dq.