Moulton Niguel Water District saves 500M gallons of water with turf removal

Moulton Niguel Water District, which was recently honored by SustainOC for its efforts to mitigate urban runoff caused by overwatering, is celebrating a water conservation milestone: 500 million gallons of water savings from the district’s successful turf replacement program.

“Our customers deserve credit,” said Donald Froelich, President of the Moulton Niguel Water District Board of Directors. “With the water saved from their conservation efforts, you could serve up an 8-ounce glass of refreshing Moulton Niguel water to roughly half the people on earth every year.”

Since 2011, Moulton Niguel has provided rebates to customers that 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. That’s roughly the size of a small country.

Approximately 70 percent of all water use is from outdoor irrigation, so converting your lawn to a water-efficient landscape helps reduce your water use. The district estimates that replacing a single square foot of turf can save up to 45.7 gallons of water per year.

Read the entire piece at Water World.