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Water Conservation Rebates Checks Coming Soon

Some San Diego County people will soon be getting promised rebate money for installing water conservation devices.

Southern California water managers agreed this week to fund millions of dollars in pending rebate applications for low-flow toilets and other conservation devices.

Bill Rose with the San Diego County Water Authority says homeowners and contractors waiting for rebate checks should get their money in the near future.

The vote by Metropolitan Water District's board of directors in Los Angeles means contractors and homeowners that have waited six months or more will get the rebates.

The water district's "SoCal Water$mart" program ran out of money in June because rebate demand had tripled in the past year, exceeding the original $20 million budget by about $34 million.

The rebates were available to customers of Southern California water agencies such as the San Diego County Water Authority, that buy supplies from the Metropolitan Water District.