Metropolitan Chief Executive Issues Statement on State Water Board Emergency Conservation Regulations

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Adel Hagekhalil, General Manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, issues the following statement on the State Water Resources Control Board’s adoption today of emergency conservation regulations in response to the drought, including banning the use of potable water to irrigate non-functional lawns in the commercial, industrial and institutional sectors:

“Using our precious water resources to irrigate thirsty grass that serves no purpose is wasteful, especially during this severe drought. We appreciate the leadership of the State Water Board today in eliminating this practice in the commercial, industrial Our priority must be to preserve and stretch our limited supplies to ensure we have enough water to meet human health and safety needs.

“As our climate changes and we face an increasingly stressed water supply future, we all need to take steps to become as water efficient as possible in our homes and businesses. Although the Whether state board action is an immediate response to the drought crisis, we must also consider the long-term cost of maintaining non-functional turf.For more than 30 years, Metropolitan has worked to reduce and eliminate non-functional turf with its turf replacement program Replacing thirsty grass with water-efficient native and California Friendly plants not only saves water, but also maintains the cooling properties of grass and provide essential habitat for birds, butterflies and bees.

“These investments have helped change the landscape of Southern California, providing rebates that have encouraged residents and business owners to remove more than 200 million square feet of grass, saving enough water to serve 62,000 households per year. Now we must build on this progress and do even more.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a state-established cooperative that, together with its 26 cities and retail suppliers, provides water to 19 million people in six counties. The district imports water from the Colorado River and northern California to supplement local supplies and helps its members develop increased conservation, recycling, storage and resource management programs.

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