California Water News Daily

Moulton Niguel celebrates 500 million gallons of water saved through turf replacement program

Moulton Niguel Water District (MNWD) is celebrating the success of the turf removal program they launched in 2011 and the success is clearly evident in the numbers:

  • 500 million gallons of water have been saved through this program to date
  • 2,551 customers — including homes, businesses and recreational facilities — have participated in the program
  • Customers have replaced more than five million square feet of turf, an area larger than Vatican City
  • 5 million gallons of water is now being conserved annually in the MNWD, equivalent to 346 Olympic-sized swimming pools

The Moulton Niguel turf replacement program has been deemed one of the most successful programs in the California accounting for 25 percent of all turf removal in Orange County. The water district received support from both the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and Municipal Water District of Orange County in initiating the program. MNWD provided rebates to customers who opted to replace grass with drought-tolerant plants and landscaping as an incentive for customer participation.

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