With California suffering from a water shortage, the LA Department of Water and Power is asking residents to use the resource more wisely.
DWP officials say 40-60% percent of water consumption is used outdoors, but there are ways to have a beautiful landscape and also cut down on usage.
A program started in 2009 offers rebates to homeowners and businesses if they switch to more drought resistant greenery and drip irrigation systems. It offers a $2 dollar rebate per square foot for a certain percentage of the landscape. Overall, more than a million dollars in residential rebates have gone out so far and have helped to save roughly 20% percent in water consumption. DWP water conservation policy director, Penny Falcon says, the program now has about a thousand applicants, "If you change out your landscape, you can save a lot of water." She says some people have cut their water bills in half.
Conservation is key, particularly now, Falcon says, "We've had a very dry year especially locally here in Southern California, so any little bit people can do to conserve, can help and impact everybody."