MWD Claims its $450 Million Turf Removal Program Had no Impact on Water Rates

  • By MWD’s own numbers, it collected nearly $850 million more from its member agencies between 2012 and 2015 than needed to pay for 100 percent of its actual costs for budgeted items during that period.
  • MWD used about $450 million of this money to pay for conservation and turf replacement subsidies – one of the most expensive water-supply programs in its history.
  • The other $400 million was spent on unnecessary and speculative land purchases, and other, unplanned, unbudgeted expenses.
  • To pay for these expenditures, here’s how much each of MWD’s member agencies was overcharged.

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