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Get Paid to Replace Your Turf to Save Water

Save Water and Money at Home

We’re all in this together. Using water efficiently is a responsibility that comes along with the benefits of living in our beautiful Mediterranean climate – and it also helps control your water costs! As residents, we can all improve how we use and conserve this valuable natural resource in and around our homes.

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Tips for Keeping a Lid on Water Usage


Alyse Ford, Mira Mesa

Every bit counts, and Alyse Ford reminds herself of that every time she bathes or cleans the kitchen. While some conservation-minded water users invest in drought-resistant landscaping, graywater systems and efficient irrigation, others like Ford take a low-tech approach.

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“I lived in Sonoma County during the big drought of the ’70s,” when water conservation became a mantra, Ford wrote. “They also said, ‘Shower with a friend.’ … Remember, this was the ’70s!”

She became convinced that simple changes in habit could make a big difference.

“I took all that to heart and started these practices, and I’ve been doing it ever since,” said Ford, 62. “I’m kind of fanatical about it.”

She takes short, military-style showers and keeps a bucket on hand to capture flows as the water warms up, then hauls that out to her plants. Forgoing a dishwasher, she cleans dishes in buckets in the sink and saves that water for the landscaping as well.

“I try not to have any water run down the drain,” she said.

Ford hopes to install a graywater line soon. In the meantime, she irrigates with rainwater captured in a 50-gallon barrel and several large trash bins.

“I think a lot of it just comes down to awareness and not wanting to waste (water),” Ford said.

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San Diego: WaterSmart Garden Classes

Agave, kangaroo paw and drought-tolerant grasses add color and softness to this garden. U-T file photo
Agave, kangaroo paw and drought-tolerant grasses add color and softness to this garden. U-T file photo

San Diego area residents can learn how to save water and grow drought-resistant gardens through a series of workshops offered by the San Diego County Water Authority.

The WaterSmart landscaping workshops, offered on Saturdays at various sites in San Diego and North County, teach participants how to employ urban conservation in their own backyards.

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Each three-hour class covers key concepts for water-efficient landscaping.

Participants learn to take a watershed approach to their yards by replacing turf with drought-resistant native and Mediterranean plants, according to the water authority.

They will learn how to capture rainfall through a living soil sponge rich with microorganisms that benefit plants. And they’ll evaluate their yard’s “microclimates,” noting soil conditions and identifying areas that are hot and dry, cool and shady, or windy.

Participants will learn how to select the right plants for each space, and how to group them for maximum benefit. And they’ll how to capture rainfall and how to efficiently use irrigation to minimize waste.

Class handouts will include: six elements of a California-friendly landscape, California-friendly landscape class resources, a sprinkler to drip retrofit guide, rain gardens and healthy soil, a sprinkler to rotary nozzles guide, and planning your project.

The classes will take place in San Diego, Escondido, Oceanside, Vista, at the Helix Water District and at the Olivenhain and San Dieguito Municipal Water Districts.

For a class schedule and registration information, call 619.533.7548 or visit www.watersmartsd.org