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LOS ANGELES -- Owners of Laundromats, housing complexes,
and other businesses or institutions that use coin-operated,
commercial clothes washers can receive an increased rebate of $650
from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) for
purchasing an eligible water-saving type washer now through the end
of the year.
LADWP announced the increased incentive amount, from $450 to $650
per washing machine, as part of an effort to encourage water and
energy conservation among commercial, industrial and institutional
customers. The supplemental rebate is designed to offset the higher
cost of coin- or card-operated, high-efficiency clothes washers,
which save about 14 gallons of water per load compared to standard
"The commercial clothes washer rebate program is one of several
successful incentive programs we offer to promote water conservation
among our commercial and government/institutional customers," General
Manager David H. Wiggs said. "While there are adequate water supplies
to meet the current demand in Los Angeles, it must be recognized that
the city's population continues to grow, while water resources are
limited and the regional climate is arid and prone to periodic
"In Los Angeles, we recognize that water is a limited resource,
and we need to use it wisely," Wiggs said.
LADWP programs have resulted in the purchase and installation of
more than 24,000 high-efficiency clothes washing machines in Los
Angeles homes and businesses since 1998, saving about 415 million
gallons of water. The new increased rebate is possible through a
$615,000 grant from Proposition 13 (the Safe Drinking Water, Clean
Water, Watershed Protection and Flood Protection Act) awarded to
LADWP, as well as regional funding offered through the Metropolitan
Water District of Southern California (MWD) and the California Public
The Proposition 13 grant will fund increased rebates for 1,450
clothes washers. In addition, the grant includes funding that enabled
LADWP to raise its n on-residential customer rebate amount for
purchase and installation of 2,500 ultra-low-flush (ULF) toilets.
With the supplemental increase, LADWP is now offering rebate amounts
of $250 for a flushometer-type, ULF toilet and $175 for a tank-type
Rebates for these and other commercial conservation measures are
available through the "Save Water - Save a Buck" program, implemented
in partnership with the MWD. For more information about the "Save
Water - Save a Buck" program, please call 1-877-728-2282.
Incentives are also available for larger scale water conservation
projects through LADWP's Technical Assistance Program, available to
commercial, industrial and institutional customers. Examples of
eligible projects include "smart" irrigation system upgrades and
cooling tower retrofits.
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