San Diegans Offered Ways To Save Water By Remaking Their Yards
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Aired 6/19/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.
San Diego County Water Authority Offering Classes For Low-Water Yard Makeovers
Carlos Michelon, principal water resources specialist with the San Diego County Water Authority
Nan Sterman, garden journalist and host of the KPBS show "A Growing Passion"
With California in an unprecedented drought, San Diego residents are being asked to limit outdoor watering this summer to three days a week.
The San Diego County Water Authority wants only overnight irrigation, and officials are urging residents to change their landscaping to reduce water use. But that's easier said than done.
What plants do you choose? What kind of water system will you need? Will your property still look good without that old water-guzzling lawn?
To help residents answer those questions, the Water Authority is launching a series of free classes this summer to help people make water-wise yard makeovers.
Here are some outdoor water conservation tips from the agency:
• Repair leaks quickly.
• Wash paved surfaces only when necessary for health and safety.
• Eliminate inefficient landscape irrigation, such as runoff and overspray.
• Irrigate only during early morning and early evening hours.
• Use hoses with automatic shut-off valves for car washing and watering areas that aren't on automated irrigation systems.
• Use recycled or non-potable water for construction activities when possible.