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Benefits of Turf Removal It’s June and the weather is heating up! What better way to conserve water than removing the turf in your yard? Did you know, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American family of four uses 400 gallons of water per day, and approximately 30% of that is devoted to outdoor uses? More than half of the water used outdoors is for watering lawns and/or gardens. In addition, many people over-water their lawns too often and for too long, resulting in over-saturating plants. Most lawns need one inch of water per week, which is about 20 minutes, three times per week. Over-watering will cause the roots to drown and they cannot absorb oxygen necessary for a plant to stay healthy. Over-watering will also promote the growth of weeds, cause runoff, and grass will begin to turn yellow.  Not only will artificial turf maintain its beauty year-round, it is also environmentally friendly, conserves water, and saves money. Central Basin is a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District that sponsors a program known as Be Water Wise. Be Water Wise offers rebates through its website www.socalwatersmart.com for both residential and commercial properties. One of the rebate programs offered is the Turf Replacement Program. Currently, the program offers $2 per square foot of turf replaced for homes located in Central Basin’s service area.  Not quite ready to remove that lawn?  If so, there are other alternatives. For example, plants can be replaced with California natives, which are drought tolerant. These drought tolerant plants can add texture to your yard and reduce your home’s water consumption by 60%. Once established, native plants can withstand little or no watering even in extreme drought conditions. Central Basin is sharing information about California native plants on its social media channels to promote water utilization and conservation. Interested in learning more about turf replacement and California native plants? Visit www.bewaterwise.com and check out our social media channels below.  Facebook: www.facebook.com/centralbasinmunicipalwater Instagram: @CentralBasin Twitter: @CentralBasin
Posted by kelsey.coleman  On Jun 05, 2020 at 1:18 PM
It's Fix-A-Leak Week! It’s Fix-a-Leak Week! Every year, minor leaks in U.S. homes and workplaces amount to nearly 1 trillion gallons of water wasted. That’s a lot of water and money that could otherwise be saved. Take control of your water usage this week by fixing leaky faucets and appliances. Here are some facts about unchecked leaks and some tips for recognizing and fixing them. A showerhead that leaks at 10 drops per minute wastes more than 500 gallons per year. A leaky faucet dripping at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year. Think of it this way: the nearly 1 trillion gallons of annual wasted water across the nation is the equivalent of intentional water use in about 11 million homes annually. 10 percent of U.S. homes have leaks that waste 90 or more gallons of water every day. By fixing those leaks around the yard and house, homeowners can save 10 percent on their water bills. Fix leaks by checking faucet washers and gaskets for wear and replacing them if necessary. Replace old toilets with newer models that meet EPA standards to save 13,000 gallons of water. To identify a leaky toilet, drop a bit of food coloring in the tank, and if any color appears in the bowl after 10 minutes, you have a leak. (Tank will stain if left, so be sure to flush immediately after experiment.) Generally, if your water use exceeds 12,000 gallons per month during colder months like January or February, you probably have a serious leak problem. For more tips, tricks, and information on fixing a leak, visit https://www.epa.gov/watersense/fix-leak-week.
Posted by kelsey.coleman  On Mar 19, 2020 at 9:01 AM