Today, the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners announced that the Long Beach Water Department will be offering a new round of funding for the City’s popular Lawn to Garden Program. Interested residents and businesses will be able to apply for rebates worth up to $2,500 for the purpose of replacing traditional grass lawns with California Friendly landscapes. Customers will only be able to apply online at http://www.lblawntogarden.com/.
The Beautiful Long Beach Lawn to Garden Incentive Program allows pre-approved water customers to apply for the $2.50 per square foot rebates, with a set maximum of 1,000 square feet allowed per customer, for a total of $2,500 per customer. Applications will be taken on a first come, first served basis. When the first round of the program was offered in April, it sold out within the first hour, meaning that interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as they can after the application system opens.
“The first round of the Lawn to Garden Program has been a huge success throughout the City of Long Beach,” said Dr. Suzanne Dallman, President of the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners. “We now want to build on this momentum by offering additional residents and business owners the opportunity to take advantage of this great program,” added Dr. Dallman.
By the end of 2010, approximately 120 customers will have completed their landscape transformations through the program. An additional 200 customers are currently in different phases of the design and construction process and will be completing their yards by next spring. Before and after photos of homes that have already gone through the program, in addition to a number other useful Lawn to Garden resources can be found on the http://www.lblawntogarden.com/ website.
“We’re really starting to see a culture change here in Long Beach,” said Kevin Wattier, General Manager for the Long Beach Water Department. “More and more people continue to jump on board each week, and I have little doubt that in the very near future California Friendly landscaping will be found in each and every neighborhood in the city,” added Wattier.
The Lawn to Garden Program is one piece of the Water Department’s Citywide 100 by 100 initiative. The goal of the initiative is to reduce citywide daily per capita water use to 100 gallons or less by the end of 2011, the Water Department’s 100th anniversary. To learn more about the 100 by 100 initiative, please visit http://www.lbwater.org/inside/100by100.php
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