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State water department offering rebates on toilet, turf replacements

Program pays $100 for one toilet per household, $2 per square foot for lawns

California residents can now get rebates to help replace old, inefficient toilets and thirsty lawns with water-saving alternatives.

The "turf and toilet" rebate program is using $24 million in funds from Proposition 1, a water bond approved by voters in 2014, to help replace more than 10 million square feet of lawn and an estimated 60,000 toilets.

Consumers can get a $100 rebate to replace one toilet per household and up to $2 per square foot for lawn replacement, up to $2,000 per household.

The program is intended to carry out Gov. Jerry Brown's April 1 executive order on drought, in which he imposed mandatory water use reductions across the state. The order called for the replacement of 50 million square feet of lawn with drought tolerant landscaping, the creation of rebate programs for the replacement of inefficient old appliances.

The turf rebate program, which could benefit more than 10,000 homes, will give priority initially to residents in disadvantaged areas, especially those hit hardest by the drought.

For more information on eligibility guidelines and applications for both rebates go to www.SaveOurWaterRebates.com/

Sara Gaiser, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service

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