A popular water conservation program may end up increasing our water bills.
Water agencies across Southern California have been giving away money to people and businesses that replace their thirsty lawns with drought-tolerant plants.
These rebate programs are wildly popular, but water agency leaders are now questioning whether the biggest of these programs will save much water anytime soon. They’re also concerned the rebates are just subsidies for people who don’t need subsidies.
The San Diego County Water Authority raised the alarm earlier this month about the lawn replacement program run by the Metropolitan Water District, which is on track to give out at least $270 million this year.