SoCal Water$mart New Pre-1994 Multi Family Pilot Program

We have been recently notified that SoCal Water$mart is launching a new pilot program on March 18, 2019.

This pilot program will be for premium high-efficiency toilets (1.1 gallons per flush or less) installed in apartments built before 1994.

The pilot program will offer a flat rate of $250 per toilet.  In addition to the standard terms and condition of the Regional program, this program will also have specific conditions the consumer must meet to receive the incentive.

The additional conditions are listed below:

  • Tax assessment documents must be submitted showing the building was built before 1994.
  • A pre-inspection must be completed by Metropolitan prior to work commencing. If a pre-inspection is not completed, the application will be void.
  • A post inspection will be mandatory prior to payment.
  • If the property has previously received a rebate for a toilet in any unit, even though some units may not have been retrofitted, that property is not eligible to participate in this pilot program.
  • Contractors cannot apply directly for rebates.
  • Applications will be cancelled if not completed within 60 days of project approval.
  • Local agencies will not be adding additional funds

If you have a multi-family building within the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and are interested in participating in this program, please contact us today for a free consultation.


SoCal Gas & LADWP Water Conservation

As many in Los Angeles begin holiday celebrations, nearly a half million residents will receive special packages in their mailboxes, courtesy of Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).  The boxes contain simple devices that the utilities’ customers can easily install to save water and natural gas over the holidays and throughout the coming years. Single-family and multi-family residents who had not received similar devices through other SoCalGas or LADWP water conservation programs in recent years were selected to receive the kits. All totaled, the program has the potential to reduce natural gas use in Los Angeles by about 5.4 million therms a year, and water consumption by 5.7 billion gallons each year.

Each package contains a water-efficient showerhead; two bathroom faucet aerators; a kitchen faucet aerator; and a device that alerts residents when their HVAC filter needs changing. Customers will also receive information on energy-saving water heaters, smart thermostats, clothes dryers and other appliances that are eligible for SoCalGas rebates.

Read the full press release here
Source: PR Newswire


If you thought California’s water fights were bitter, just wait until you see our water-data disputes.

Digital tools have expanded the ability of governments, companies and nonprofits to measure the uses of California water, and thus build more water-efficient products, boost water conservation, and replace expensive and inefficient infrastructure.

But the abundance of water data effectively makes every piece of land and every drop of water in California the subject of measurement — and conflict. The data also expose the fragmentation and deficiencies of California’s system of water management.

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Source:  SF Chronicle

Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are raising the turf rebate from $1.75 to $2 per square foot in an effort to encourage Angelenos replace turf with sustainable landscaping. The raised rebate will be available until December 31. Applications for the rebate are available on the SoCal Water $mart website.

The rebate is a part of LADWP’s California Friendly® Landscape Incentive Program, which incentivizes residents to replace water-wasting lawns with landscapes that include plants native to Los Angeles, groundcover like mulch to help retain moisture in the soil, and a rain capturing element. LADWP General Manager David H. Wright said in a statement that, “[s]ince 2009, Angelenos have removed nearly 50 million square feet of grass, yielding about 2 billion gallons in annual water savings.” The goal of this rebate extension is to continue the trend of removing grass and turn sustainable landscaping into the “new normal,” according the the Mayor’s office.

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Source:  LAist