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Free Event Offers DIY Water Saving Solutions


Free Event Offers DIY Water Saving Solutions

Looking for practical and affordable ways to save water? Be sure to head down to Santa Rosa City Hall on Saturday, August 29 from 10am-2pm for DIY Drought Solutions. Explore a range of ‘do-it-yourself’ solutions to help you meet (and even exceed!) mandatory water use restrictions. 

Learn how to liberate yourself from your water-thirsty lawn, use smart controllers, install drip irrigation, select drought-tolerant plants, reuse greywater and harvest the rain. Experts will be on hand to offer one-on-one advice, there will be seminars and workshops running throughout the day, a kids’ activity area and water smart giveaways. 

The free, family-friendly event is being organized by the City of Santa Rosa, with support from the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership and Daily Acts.

The event will mainly focus on outdoor water conservation, which accounts for about 50% of average residential water use.  However, this can be dramatically reduced by adopting simple behavior changes and making water smart choices, for example, sheet mulching just 500 square feet of lawn can save up to 12,500 gallons of water per year.

In response to the drought emergency, the City of Santa Rosa has adopted Stage 1 of its Water Shortage Plan including requiring a 20% community-wide reduction in water use. The City is also a partner in the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership which consists of the of 10 water providers in Sonoma and Marin counties that have joined together to provide a regional approach to water-use efficiency.  The Partnership has launched an aggressive outreach campaign– “There’s Never Enough to Waste.  Turn the Water Off”.  

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