LADWP Presents 5-Year Water and Power Rate Proposal

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has proposed a 5-year water and power rate action that provides funding to accelerate the replacement of aging infrastructure, better protect against drought conditions, and meet water and power supply mandates while improving customer service. The proposed rates are also designed to further incentivize conservation while keeping LADWP’s rates low in comparison with nearby utilities.

LADWP presented the Water and Power Rates Request 2016-2020 to the Board of Water and Power Commissioners during a special meeting Wednesday, kicking off a four-month outreach effort to inform L.A. residents, businesses, and stakeholder groups about the rates proposal and get their input.  The process follows an agreement LADWP has with Neighborhood Councils and other key business and community stakeholders to provide a 120-day review period prior to adoption of new rates.  Read more

Los Angeles County Declared Disaster Area

Six Southland counties were named disaster areas following damaging floods.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom today declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles and five other California counties because of damage from last weekend’s rainstorms.

In the declaration, Newsom wrote that the storms caused flash flooding and mudslides that damaged public and private facilities, forced the evacuation of residents and prompted the opening of emergency shelters.

He pointed in particular to the collapse of Interstate 10 about 50 miles west of the Arizona state line in Riverside County.

He took the action for Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, Imperial, Kern and San Bernardino counties because Gov. Jerry Brown is out of the country.

The lieutenant governor also ordered Caltrans to seek emergency funding from the Federal Highway Administration to pay for road repairs.

Online Registration Now Open for the 8th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair

Online registration for the 8th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair (the largest in Los Angeles) opened on July 1, 2015. Please don’t be misled by the Valley in our name—everyone is invited to attend. Mother Nature pays no attention to our boundaries. By registering online, Fairgoers who bring their printed voucher to the Express Check-In Lane at the Fair will receive a token exchangeable at the Fair for one Family Emergency Preparedness (EP) Starter Kit (1 per family while supplies last). Online registrants will also receive Fair updates, directions, a site map, plus a free gift when they check in at the Fair.

Please encourage your family and friends to register and attend! Everything at the Fair is free, thanks to our generous supporters and contributors, including many Neighborhood Councils throughout Los Angeles.

The 8th Annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair will take place on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Fire Station 87 in Granada Hills. Visit www.ValleyDisasterFair.com for more information and online registration. A Save The Date flyer can be downloaded here.

Los Angeles Cuts Water Use by 13% in One Year; Exceeds Mayor Garcetti’s Challenge

Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that Los Angeles has met and surpassed his first benchmark goal of 10 percent water reduction by July 1, 2015. The City has rallied in response to the historic drought and has achieved a significant milestone in Mayor Garcetti’s water reduction plan as outlined by his Executive Directive No. 5 and in L.A.’s first-ever Sustainable City pLAn.

Since the roll out of the Mayor’s Executive Directive in October 2014, L.A. residents and businesses leaped to action by altering water use and taking advantage of conservation rebates offered by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). Daily per capita water use for the year ending June 30, 2015 was 113 gallons per capita per day (GPCD), compared to 131 GPCD for the year ending June 2014, a reduction of more than 13%.

The City’s water use was also within the margin of measuring error of the state’s target, using 244 more acre-feet than the state allocated for June. This amount equates to about 4 hours of citywide water usage.

“Angelenos have responded to my call for action and have stepped up to significantly conserve during this historic drought– building on our City’s already impressive history of water conservation,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The most valuable solution to this water crisis is our willingness to change our relationship with water. Keep saving the drop, L.A.! Every bit counts.”

Today, Los Angeles uses just as much water as it did nearly 45 years ago despite the rise in population by more than one million residents. City Departments have also done their part to reduce water use, including a 33% estimated savings by the Department of Recreation and Parks this fiscal year, putting 76% of public golf courses on recycled water, and reducing irrigation for ornamental turf to two days per week.

When we take action, even problems as serious as the historic drought become surmountable. What action have you taken to cut your water use?

Mayor Garcetti also announced that the LADWP turf removal rebate will continue at $1.75 per square foot up to 1,500 square feet due to overwhelmingly high demand for the program, despite the pause on the additional $2 per square foot offered by The Metropolitain Water District of Southern California (MWD). L.A. water customers have replaced more than 23 million square feet of grass with low water using, sustainable landscaping—saving more than 1 billion gallons of water each year. Angelenos interested in applying for the turf rebate can do so at www.socalwatersmart.com.

“Los Angeles continues to be a model for sustainable urban water use, all thanks to our customers’ heightened awareness about the drought and their willingness to do their part with the help of LADWP rebates and incentives,” said Marcie Edwards, LADWP General Manager. “We’re doing great, but we must keep our eye on the Mayor’s goal of 20 percent conservation by 2017.”

Mayor Garcetti also announced that Liz Crosson has been hired as water policy advisor to support the Mayor’s Water Cabinet in continuing water saving progress internally in the City, meeting the city-wide water reductions required in Executive Directive No. 5, and achieving the longer term local water outcomes in the pLAn. The position is being funded with grants from philanthropic sources including Environment Now and the California Water Foundation. Crosson is currently the Executive Director of Los Angeles Water Keeper and will report to the Mayor’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Matt Petersen.

Water saving tips and information can be found via the Save the Drop campaign at www.savethedropla.org.

As the drought persists and LA weathers through another hot summer, Angelenos can do their part in helping achieve the next phase of Mayor Garcetti’s water goals (15% by 2016) and state conservation targets by:

  • Following the watering schedule for your address and “Drop a Day” by voluntarily reducing outdoor watering to a maximum two days per week;
  • Improving outdoor water efficiency through climate appropriate plants, stormwater capture, and efficient irrigation;
  • Continuing to report wasteful water uses through the MyLA311 app or by emailing  (LADWP’s Water Conservation Response Unit continues to investigate all complaints); and
  • Taking advantage of water conservation rebates, classes and other water saving tips, all available at www.ladwp.com/waterconservation.

To read Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Executive Directive No. 5, visit: http://bit.ly/1trYLv6

For information on the Sustainable City pLAn’s Local Water outcomes, visit: http://plan.lamayor.org/environment

Rebates Ending for Ripping Out Lawn

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California announced today it will stop accepting rebate applications this week.

With demand soaring due to the ongoing drought, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California announced today it will stop accepting rebate applications this week from people who rip out turf lawns in favor of low-water-use landscaping.

MWD officials said the district’s funds for turf rebates have been fully allocated, even though the district’s board vastly increased its conservation- program budget.

“We knew that the popularity of the turf program would exhaust the available funds at some point, but even we didn’t predict just how popular turf rebates would become,” said Jeffrey Kightlinger, MWD general manager. “Metropolitan is proud to have accelerated the movement by hundreds of thousands of Southern Californians to embrace a new outdoor aesthetic and lock in water savings permanently.”

On May 26, the MWD board increased the district’s $100 million conservation program budget to $450 million, noting that requests for rebates for turf replacement skyrocketed following Gov. Jerry Brown’s demand for a 25 percent reduction in water use statewide.

Kightlinger said all of the funding available for turf rebates has been allocated for projects that have been completed or others that have had their plans approved. He said the refunds spurred the removal of more than 150 million square feet of turf.

The district still has rebate funds available for people who install water-saving fixtures, such as low-flow toilets, high-efficiency washing machines, weather-based irrigation controllers and rotating sprinkler nozzles.

https://patch.com/california/northridge/rebates-ending-ripping-out-lawn

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