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Mesa providing residents with cash for ditching grass

PHOENIX -- Ditch the grass and get some cash.

"It's expensive and we have to take care of a precious resource," said Becky Zusy, Conservation Specialist with the City of Mesa.

When you remove 500 square feet or more of established grass and replace it with a water-thrifty landscape, the City of Mesa will provide a $500 rebate.

Mesa's Grass-to-Xeriscape Landscape Rebate program will provide a $500 rebate if you remove 500-square-feet or more of established grass.

Since the program started in 2007, 250 qualified homeowners have signed up.

"Preliminary numbers say about a thirteen percent overall reduction annually in their total water bill," said Zusy.

Mesa is one of several Valley cities to provide a similar rebate program.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

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