As California enters a third year of drought, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is helping residential customers reduce their water use and save money with a 25% increase to its high-efficiency clothes washer rebate, from $400 to $500, as well as a more than 65% increase to its water-efficient toilet rebate, from $150 to $250. For business customers, the rebate for low-flush toilets increased from $250 to $300.
For it’s large commercial customers, LADWP also announced in January an eight-fold rebate increase of up to $2 million to the department’s Technical Assistance Program (TAP). TAP is a financial incentive program for large water conservation projects, such as upgrades of cooling towers, that help multifamily, commercial, and industrial building customers to conserve water.
As a part of TAP, LADWP is currently offering free cooling tower assessments. Customers just need to fill out a survey to verify they are qualified and a representative will come out to perform and inspection to get the process rolling.
“As all of California faces extremely dry conditions for a third year in a row, we are urgently calling for Angelenos to conserve and use water efficiently” said Martin Adams, LADWP general manager and chief engineer.
“Offering our customers higher-dollar rebates and other resources means they are able to continue saving water while also lowering their utility bill. The less water used now means more water stored up for when it’s needed most in the later spring and summer months.”
LADWP is also urging all customers to comply with the City of Los Angeles Mandatory Water Conservation Ordinance, in place since 2009, which limits outdoor watering to three days a week, along with other prohibited uses of water.