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Moulton Niguel Water District celebrates conservation program, honors participants

By EMILY RASMUSSEN

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From left: board President Donald Froelich, board member Duane Cave, board member Larry Lizotte, Vice President Brian Probolsky, Laguna Hills resident Doug Freck, board member Dick Fiore, Vice President Scott Colton and board member Gary Kurtz.

Moulton Niguel Water District on Tuesday, Nov. 14 celebrated a conservation milestone of removing 5 million square feet of turf through its turf removal program, and honored some of the customers who have participated in the program.

The turf removal program is expected to save 228.5 million gallons of water annually, according to the water district.

Since 2011, Moulton Niguel’s turf removal program has provided rebates to customers who replace grass with drought-tolerant plants and landscaping. More than 2,500 customers have participated in the program, replacing more than 5 million square feet of turf, according to a release from the district.

“Sometimes people can’t put into context what 5 million square feet of turf or 200 million gallons of water is,” said Matt Collings, Moulton Niguel assistant general manager. “But that’s the amount of turf removed from all NFL stadiums three times over.”

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