*This news release was originally published and distributed by the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti
LOS ANGELES (January 26, 2022) – Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) today announced an eight-fold increase to a financial incentive program that helps multifamily, commercial, and industrial building customers to conserve water.
“At a time of historic drought, we all have a role to play in conserving water,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Through this increased rebate, building owners have an opportunity to not just save money, but help our city save millions of gallons of water every year.”
The Technical Assistance Program (TAP) now offers a $2 million incentive for projects to install cooling towers, recirculation systems, and other large water system technologies. In addition to the increased rebate, LADWP has launched a free cooling tower assessment program to help building owners determine their needs and opportunities when it comes to water conservation.
“Thanks to companies like R.W. Zant, Los Angeles can truly claim its place as a leader in water conservation,” said Susana Reyes, Vice President of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners. “Los Angeles uses less water today than it did 50 years ago, despite a population increase of over 1 million people. We want to recognize what LADWP customers have already accomplished in terms of water conservation and energy efficiency and to also encourage more residents and commercial customers alike to continue taking advantage of incentive programs LADWP has to offer.”
Since launching TAP in 1992, LADWP has provided $10 million in rebates for over 1,000 projects, helping to save over 1.8 billion gallons of water annually. The average cooling tower project saves 1 million gallons of water, and about $12,000, per year.
“We welcome the opportunity to work with our commercial customers to help them reduce their water and energy consumption and costs through conservation,” said Anselmo Collins, LADWP’s Senior Assistant General Manager of Water System. “R.W. Zant Company is a great example of how a local business can take advantage of LADWP’s rebates and programs to embrace sustainable practices, and save money doing it.”
In response to the 2014 drought, Mayor Garcetti signed Executive Directive 5, which set a 20 percent reduction target by 2017. ED 5 successfully reduced potable water consumption in Los Angeles from 133 to 106 gallons per capita by February 2017. In 2019, Mayor Garcetti announced that the City would recycle 100 percent of its wastewater for reuse by 2035 at the Hyperion Wastewater Reclamation Plant. Since Mayor Garcetti took office in 2013, the City of Los Angeles has saved around 221.6 billion gallons of water through various water conservation programs and initiatives.
For more information on water conservation rebates, visit LADWP Rebates and Programs.