Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency in the state of California, calling the current dry spell, which is now entering it’s third year, the worst in a century. The proclamation allows California to request a broad emergency declaration from President Barack Obama, which would expedite some water transfers, provide financial assistance and suspend some state and federal regulations. But in addition to the benefits from the government, Governor Brown is asking California residents to do their part by reduce their water consumption by 20%. For now the reduction is voluntary, but reports suggests measures may be taken to make conservation mandatory if the situation worsens.
With water conservation and the drought at top of mind, we thought now would be a good time to share some ideas and resources to help you to start saving water.
Schedule A Free Landscape Checkup
One of the easiest ways to start saving water is to have the City of Corona Department of Water and Power come out to your house and perform a landscape checkup. The checkups are free, and can help identify issues with irrigation timers, sprinkler heads, and other places water is easily wasted.
Get California Friendly Landscape Training
In addition to landscape checkups, the City of Corona Department of Water and Power offers California friendly landscape training. These free classes teach you six ways to make your garden more California friendly including using rainwater as a resource, managing irrigation, and picking the right plant for the right space.
Two classes will be held this month at the Corona Public Library. The first will be held this afternoon at 1:00 p.m and the second will be held on January 25 at 1:00 p.m. You must register for the class ahead of time and can do so online here, by calling (951) 736-2234 or by sending an email.
If you can’t make one of the Winter classes be sure to check the classes section of the Corona DWP residential programs page. If you’d rather take a stab at the landscaping yourself, we highly recommend starting with the top California drought tolerant plant resource from ValleyCrest.
Utilize and Install the Free Offerings from the DWP
In addition to landscape checkups and landscape training, the City of Corona Department of Water and Power offers a number of free items to help residents save water. By calling (951) 736-2234 or sending an email to StoptheDrop@DiscoverCorona.com, you can request the following, all of which are free to you as a Corona DWP customer:
- 5 minute shower timers
- Low-flow shower heads
- Bathroom faucet aerators
- Kitchen faucet aerators
- Hose nozzles
Additionally you can request toilet dye tabs, which can help you to identify leaks in your toilet.
These are just a few of the ways Corona residents can start saving water. For more water saving tips be sure to visit the Corona DWP water saving tips page. How do you save water? Share your tips in the comments!
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