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City of Anaheim Spring 2014 : Page 8

now, save money he state of California has experienced extremely dry weather for several years which has resulted in Governor Jerry Brown officially declaring a drought State of Emergency this past January. His proclamation calls on residents and business owners across the state to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 20 percent. With a low snowpack in the Sierras and reservoir levels far from desirable, the drought does not appear to be going away anytime soon. conserve t Anaheim Spring 2014 8

Let's Do Our Part

conserve now, save money

The state of California has experienced extremely dry weather for several years which has resulted in Governor Jerry Brown officially declaring a drought State of Emergency this past January. His proclamation calls on residents and business owners across the state to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 20 percent.With a low snowpack in the Sierras and reservoir levels far from desirable, the drought does not appear to be going away anytime soon.

Advanced planning and capital investments made in response to previous dry years have helped Anaheim Public Utilities (Utility) meet current and future water needs. But with summer fast approaching, it’s more important now than ever to use water wisely and not waste it. Fortunately, the Utility has enhanced a number of incentive programs to provide customers with easy ways to save water and money.

Ken Vargha, an Anaheim resident, recently took advantage of the Turf Removal Program. He replaced 1,266 square-feet of turf grass in his front yard with artificial turf.

“I highly recommend installing artificial turf— it’s low maintenance, saves water, and looks like the real thing,” said Vargha. “I’ve received a number of compliments from my neighbors who love the way it looks.”

In addition to removing his water-thirsty turf, Vargha uses mulch, which reduces evaporation, and installed a drip irrigation system to better control the amount of water he uses. All of these changes add up to water savings of nearly 50,000 gallons per year (and a savings on his water bill of more than $140 per year)!

Let’s Do Our Part to Conserve Water

Here are some ways residents and businesses can participate:

Home Utility Check-Up Utility representatives will review home water use and fixtures, and recommend water efficiency improvements.

Free showerheads, kitchen and bathroom aerators and toilet flappers are also available.

Clothes Washers Save water, money and energy when purchasing a high-efficiency clothes washer with a water factor of 4.0 or less. Rebate: $110/washer.

Turf Removal The Utility will pay homeowners to remove live turf grass and replace it with California-friendly landscaping or artificial turf to help reduce outdoor water use. Rebates have been increased from $1/square foot to $2/square foot of turf removed.

Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers Schedule irrigation systems according to weather conditions and landscape types; this could yield water savings in the thousands of gallons per year! Rebate: $80/controller (less than 1/acre); $25/station (greater or equal to 1 acre).

Rotating Nozzles Switch to more precise, efficient sprinklers to help reduce landscape runoff and water waste. Rebate: $4/nozzle (minimum quantity is 15).

Soil Moisture Sensor Systems Connect this device to a weather-based irrigation controller to monitor the soil moisture, and set up a watering schedule that suits individual landscape needs. Rebate: $80/controller (less than 1 acre) or $25/station (greater or equal to 1 acre).

Rain Barrels Capture rainfall and reuse it to water plants. Rebate: $75 per barrel (50-gallons or larger).

Water-Saving Tips

For residents looking for easy ways to save in and around the house, here are a few water-saving tips that can also help:

Outdoor

Refrain from hosing or washing sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking areas or other paved surfaces, except where necessary to protect public health and safety

Promptly repair any leaks in sprinkler systems

Avoid landscape watering between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Indoor

Turn off the water faucet while brushing teeth

Only run dishwashers or washing machines when they are full

Regularly check plumbing for leaks

For more program details, water-saving workshop information and additional resources, visit www.anaheim.net/savewater.

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