Advancements in Water Conservation

Advancements in Water Conservation

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Unformatted text preview: er 100 Bay Area communities. To date, over 13,000 washing machine rebates have been issued. Public Outreach The water conservation message is conveyed to the residents of San Francisco through a variety of outreach efforts including brochures, public service announcements, billing inserts, publications, displays at public events. The City also works with local community groups to encourage water conservation. One example includes work with the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners (SLUG) to maintain a water-efficient demonstration garden at Lawton and 9th Avenue. Located in the City’s largest residential neighborhood, the garden offers ideas on water-efficient plants, irrigation and composting. Each weekend, volunteers teach interested residents about how they can reduce their impact on the environment. School Landscape Program Water” “Our Water” Program The Our Water program is a creative and user-friendly approach to water conservation at the elementary school level. The Our Water curriculum combines visual, literary and performing arts instruction with water conservation lessons from the Water Education Foundation’s “California Water Story,” and has been successfully implemented in several Peninsula school districts in San Mateo County. The Our Water program was recently awarded the prestigious Clair A. Hill Award for Excellence from the Association of California Water Agencies. Bay Area Water Agencies Coalition Residential Surveys Residents in Santa Clara County have been taking advantage of free residential water use home surveys since 1998. This Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) award winning program provides an indoor and outdoor water usage evaluation for residents, using trained auditors to test for leaks in toilets, install low-flow showerheads where needed and perform a thorough landscape irrigation analysis. In fiscal year 2002 alone, over 5,300 residential home surveys were completed. page four Bay Area Water Agencies Coalition The School Landscape Program, a unique partnership between the State, the local water district and the school districts in Fremont, Union City and Newark, is resulting in water and cost savings. This conservation program improves the local school districts’ large landscape irrigation efficiency through assistance with submetering programs, large scale irrigation retrofits and irrigation budgeting reports. The California Department of Water Resources awarded the program a matching funds grant to achieve maximum effectiveness. As a result, water savings were realized that otherwise would not have been financially feasible - a win-win solution at the local, regional and state level. page five...
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