County supervisor fights drought with fake grass October 10 2014

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - County Supervisor Dave Roberts is doing what he can to save water during the historic drought by replacing his lawn with artificial turf.

Californians are being urged to take advantage of government financing and rebate programs in the wake of the drought. And, taking on the challenge of being water efficient, Supervisor Dave Roberts is fighting the drought by removing more than 6,000 square feet of lawn at his home in Solana Beach and replacing it with artificial turf.

Roberts hopes his project will encourage others to conserve water during our states historic drought and to take advantage of government financing and rebate programs.

One of the rebate programs, Property Assessed Clean Energy or PACE, allows residential property owners to purchase water conservation or energy efficiency upgrades by financing them on their property tax bills.

There are four different financing programs available. Supervisor Roberts is using the HERO program that provides up-front cash to support the homeowner's investments in energy and water efficiency.

Supervisor Roberts is recouping some of his costs through a So Cal WaterSmart Turf Replacement rebate made available through the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

So it's costing Supervisor Roberts $45,000 with a $12,000 rebate and he should see a pay back in eight and a half years.