Orange County! Check out these events going on near you. Learn how you can save water and prevent runoff. There will be representatives at these events to answer any questions you may have about your garden:
Orange County! Did you hear that overwatering is out?
Have you walked through your lawn and noticed that your shoes made a footprint on the sidewalk or drive way? If so, that means your grass has received too much water. If you see less footprint, then that means your grass has received just enough water. We understand why you want your lawn to be green and beautiful, but here are some helpful tips on what you can do to save money, water, and time.
“I like my lawn and garden to be green all year round.” If that’s so, there are a few recommendations:
1. You’ve mentioned you like to see green in your yard all year round. Have you thought about removing your turf and replacing it with eco-grass, synthetic grass, and/or California native plants? Sounds like a crazy idea and you probably never thought of even considering it. However, there are benefits:
a. You save money – who doesn’t like saving money? You can finally spend that extra money on other things you’ve been wanting to purchase for so long. Also, did you know there is a rebate for removing your turf? $1.00 (or more) rebate per sq. foot of turf removed.
b. You save time – enjoy your weekends off by not mowing the lawn and relax
2. If you think removing your turf is out of the question at this time, consider taking control of your sprinkler system with a weather-based irrigation controller, replacing your sprinklers with rotating sprinkler nozzles, or using a soil moisture sensor control. Once again, there are rebates for all of these!
Click HERE to download the flyer for more information regarding the rebates. For other rebates, visit www.mwdoc.com/rebates or call (888) 376-3314.
To find out more information on how you can save money, time, water, and the environment, visit www.H2OC.org. Also, click on the box below. Our friendly gnome will give you tips and tricks on what you can do to help even more!
Water Use Efficiency Vs. Water Conservation
Water use efficiency and water conservation have different goals, but both will benefit you and the environment.
Water Use Efficiency
- Means using improved technologies and practices that deliver equal or better service with less water.
- Accomplishment of a function, task, process, or result with the minimal amount of water feasible.
- Examples of water use efficiency include: fixing leaking taps, taking showers rather than baths, installing displacement devices inside toilet cisterns, and using dishwashers and washing machines with full loads.
- Any beneficial reduction in water loss, use or waste as well as the preservation of water quality.
- A reduction in water use accomplished by implementation of water conservation of water efficiency measures.
- Improved water management practices that reduce or enhance the beneficial use of water.
- Examples of water conservation include: Tiered water rates, restrictions on outdoor water use and public outreach campaigns.
For more information, please visit Municipal Water District of Orange County Incentive Programs.
Don’t Clog Your Drains
Is your toilet your trash can? People have the tendency to dump whatever they can in their own toilet and have no idea that it can have a huge impact on our sewers and oceans. Are you not sure what you can flush? Just remember the three P’s that can go down the toilet: pee, poop, and paper. Also, this list of items that should not go down the toilet:
- Sanitary products, paper towels, diapers, baby wipes and facial tissues
- Kitty litter
- Condoms and dental floss
Please properly dispose the above items in your trash. Medications should be taken to one of the County of Orange Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers. For the nearest location visit oclandfills.com/hazardous/locations. To read more information on how these items can harm our drains and what to put in your garbage container as well, please visit: www.what2flush.com.
Qualifying Products – Indoors:
High-efficiency clothes washers use 55% less water than standard clothes washers. This option saves you money on your energy bill for water heating, lowering your energy bill too. These high-efficiency clothes washers qualify. Please contact Golden State Water Company to verify the funding availability for rebates.Qualifying Products – Outdoors:
Up to 70% of California's entire residential water supply is applied to home landscapes, yet many landscapes are overwatered due to sprinkler controllers that are not programmed properly. Some Southern Californians are now using smart sprinkler controllers that water based on plant needs. These controllers automatically adjust for changing weather conditions, thereby reducing waste and runoff. Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers (WBICs) and Rotating Sprinkler Nozzles are options to prevent the overwatering of plans and encourage healthy plant growth.
Please visit the following websites for more information about tips on water conservation:
Golden State Water Conservation & Rebates
Please visit the following websites for more information about rebates on products for indoor and outdoor water use efficiency for residential and commercial properties: