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San Diego Water Misers Offered Rebates


Aired 1/20/11

San Diegans have adjusted to mandatory water conservation during recent drought years. Now there is a way to save money and conserve water.

Years of drought have brought mandatory water conservation to much of San Diego County. But there is a way to save money and conserve water at the same time.

A rebate program is open to residential and commercial customers in the city of San Diego.

Homeowner Meg Kaufman replaced her lawn with new, water-conserving landscape.
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Above: Homeowner Meg Kaufman replaced her lawn with new, water-conserving landscape.

Kyrsten Burr-Rosenthal is with the City's Water Conservation Program.

She said cash-back rebates are offered for turf replacement and sustainable landscaping.

There is also up to $400 for smart-watering controllers.

"Four-hundred-dollars should get you pretty close to the full purchase price of a variety of different types of smart controllers," said Burr-Rosenthal. "But then you can also spend more."

She said up to $2,000 per customer is available for replacing a front yard lawn with sustainable and water-wise landscaping.

The rebates are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Burr-Rosenthal said San Diego offers residential and business customers free on-site, indoor and landscape water-conservation surveys.

She said the customized analysis shows how to save water and money and the city representative will also provide details about available rebates.

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dialyn | January 20, 2011 at 3:39 p.m. ― 5 years, 12 months ago

The game is rigged. When we conserve, what happens? Water Department revenues go down so they raise our rates so we have to pay more for the water. Then they subsidize developers and plan to expand giant freeways so we attract more people into the area so that they can use up our limited resources. Same deal with electricity. We conserve electricity, our rates go up because SDG&E isn't making enough money. I'm very cynical about this. Why am I paying more and more for fewer resources when our political leaders are campaigning to bring more people in to use them up and doing absolutely nothing to help current residents except throw a few cheap rebates at us? I'm on a limited income and soon they will drive me out of the place where I was born. I guess that was the idea the whole time.

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