February 21, 2019
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Metropolitan Increases Rebate for Popular
Turf Program

Metropolitan is doubling the rebate the agency offers for replacing turf, increasing it to $2 a square foot of grass removed. At its Feb. 12 meeting, Metropolitan's Board of Directors also voted to adopt other changes to make it easier to participate in the program. Applications for the rebate will be available at bewaterwise.com beginning April 1. Up to $50 million in applications will be accepted each year. Some of Metropolitan's member agencies also will offer additional cash incentives. Read the press release.


Gov. Newsom Addresses Water in State of the State

During Gov. Gavin Newsom's first State of the State address last week, he recognized the need to upgrade the state's infrastructure to improve conveyance in the Delta but expressed his administration's intent to reconfigure the proposed California WaterFix as a one-tunnel project. In his responding statement, Metropolitan General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger commented: "While a single tunnel project will not resolve all pumping problems in the Delta and is less flexible for dealing with climate change impacts, it is imperative that we move forward rapidly on a conveyance project." Read the full statement.


Update: Regional Recycled Water Advanced Purification Center
Recycled Water

Equipment testing has begun in preparation for bringing online the Regional Recycled Water Advanced Purification Center. Clean water is currently being sent through the process equipment and treatment technologies to ensure they are performing properly. The demonstration facility will purify cleaned wastewater for potential reuse in replenishing groundwater basins. In his State of the State address, Gov. Newsom highlighted Metropolitan's regional recycled water project as a positive example of a "portfolio approach to building water infrastructure and meeting long-term demand." Learn more at mwdh2o.com/RRWP.


Diamond Valley Lake Wildflower Trail Almost Ready for Public Use

In anticipation of another "super bloom" this spring, Metropolitan is preparing to open to the public the wildflower trail at Diamond Valley Lake in early March. With the recent rain, the green hills surrounding the lake are expected to be covered in the region's native wildflowers. The wildflower trail—part of the Southwestern Riverside County Multi-Species Reserve—is a 1.3-mile loop extending from the Lakeview Trail. For the latest on the trail, visit dvlake.com.


Three New Directors Join Metropolitan's Board

Three new directors were seated recently on Metropolitan's 38-member board of directors. Welcome to Adán Ortega, representing Fullerton; Jose Solorio, representing Santa Ana; and Jasmin Hall, representing the Inland Empire Utilities Agency. Read the press release.


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