The Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District last week voted to offer homeowners a rebate to install synthetic turf which they believe is a first for any Southern California water agency. I thought I was aware of most demand management strategies for reducing residential water demand, but I was not aware of this.
Since outdoor water use can be 50% of residential water use, replacing grass makes sense. However, I can imagine in few years a new generation of kids who shun real grass as yucky and gross and yearn for the consistent texture and weed free guarantee of artificial grass. I was amazed about the varieties of synthetic grass. For example, check out EnvyLawn’s 18 varieties of synthetic grass. Maybe I need to get some for my backyard.
The rebate is for 30 cents for every square foot of turf, or between 2 percent and 3 percent of the estimated retail cost of $12 per square foot. This is quite a bit less than Las Vegas’s rebate of $1 per square foot.
I like this quote from the article:
He also said he thought the idea of promoting synthetic turf was more prudent than offering incentives for homeowners to xeriscape — landscaping that substitutes rocks, shrubs and mulches for lawns.
“People still like green grass,” Bond said. “It’s part of the culture. And a culture shift takes time.”
(Source: North Carolina Times)