Earth Month Blog Series: Water Conservation

In honor of Earth Day/Month, the City of Redwood City is introducing a series on how the City — with your help — is saving the earth’s environment one program at a time!

Redwood City’s top priority is to provide its residents with high quality water. The City aims to continue protecting our water with several water conservation programs. Each April, the City kicks off Earth Month by participating in the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. Community members who make a pledge to conserve water, energy and other natural resources can be entered into drawings to win eco-friendly prizes. This is one of the many City water conservation programs that helped us save over 670 million gallons of water last year. To learn more about the City’s water conservation efforts go here.

Although the stormy winter has reduced the drought conditions, it’s critical that the community continue to carefully monitor its water usage and save water where it can, as drought conditions can shift very quickly. Here are some ways the community can help!

Water Conservation Programs

City and Partner Programs

· Water Usage: Go to My Water website to monitor your water use.

· Classes: Sign-up for Water Efficient Landscape classes, such as Demystifying Your Irrigation System on May 6.

· Rebate Programs: Check-out the City’s rebate programs and giveaways, such as Lawn Replacement rebates, Free Sprinkler Nozzles, and other rebates including low-flush toilets and Rain Barrel rebates.

· Home Water House Calls: Learn more about City offered education programs such as the Smart Home Water Use House Calls where one of our technicians evaluates water use efficiency in and outside your home, and offers advice on installing high-efficiency water fixtures, if needed. Technicians evaluate the condition of your irrigation system and make recommendations for cost-effective changes in irrigation equipment that conserve water.

· Water Conservation Equipment: Evaluate if free water conservation equipment such as a SMART Home Water Conservation Kit and low-flow fixtures are right for your home. Email conservation@redwoodcity.org or call 650–780–7436 for more information.

· Gardening Tips: Read about Water-Wise Gardening tips offered by Bay Area Gardening.

· Explore our Native Plant Demonstration Garden-Want to save water in your garden? Check out Redwood City’s educational Native Plant Demonstration Garden, which will be featured as #5 on this year’s 15th Annual Going Native Garden Tour, offered free to the public on Sunday, April 23. Our Native Plant Demonstration Garden was converted from turf by Redwood City Parks Department staff and community volunteers who attended one of a Redwood City’s Water Conservation Program workshops on converting turf to water-efficient landscapes. Their garden supports wildlife and uses a lot less water.

Going Native Garden Tour Details-Sunday, April 23, 2017, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Redwood City Public Works, 1400 Broadway. Registration is required at www.gngt.org

Top 12 Tips To Help Save Water At Home

To learn more about these and other programs, go here.

To read other recent blogs related to Earth Month go to:

Earth Month Series: Water Pollution Prevention

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