March 5, 2018
Save Water During Fix a Leak Week - March 19-25

Did you know nearly 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted in U.S. homes each year from easy-to-fix leaks? During Fix a Leak Week, March 19-25, the Water Authority is encouraging San Diego County homeowners to save water by finding and fixing leaks.

Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program, Fix a Leak Week is an opportunity for homeowners to improve the water efficiency in their homes by finding and fixing leaks. 

Three simple steps for limiting leaks at home:
  • Check for leaks. Look for dripping faucets, showerheads, sprinklers, and other fixtures. 
  • Twist and tighten hose and pipe connections. To save more water without a noticeable difference in flow to a bathroom faucet, twist on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator. 
  • Replace fixtures if necessary. Look for WaterSense labeled models, which are independently certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well as or better than standard models. 
Capturing Rainwater: The Barrel and Beyond in Landscape Design

The Water Conservation Garden is hosting an expert forum on rainwater capture and landscape design on Sunday, March 18, from 2 to 4 p.m. in El Cajon.

Topics will include retrofitting landscape design to include attractive swales and other features, improving drainage, incorporating the latest in collection and storage devices, and effectively distributing saved water to well-chosen plantings.

Panelists include Diane Downey, an experienced landscape consultant, contractor, and designer; Glen Schmidt, landscape architect; and Albert Barlow, general manager, owner and operator of Rain Water Systems. 

Registration is required. The forum costs $10 for non-members and $5 for members.

Did You See?

On February 21, the San Diego Union-Tribune published a column about the importance of the region's investments in building a diverse and reliable water supply. 

"Our ratepayers have invested $3.5 billion in the last three decades for increasing the region's drought resiliency," Tim Bombardier, principal water resources specialist at the Water Authority, told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "That's part of what differentiates us from other parts of the state."

Change Your Clocks, Check Your Irrigation Timers

With daylight saving time starting March 11, remember to turn your clocks forward, and check your irrigation controller. As seasons change and plants become established, their watering needs change. Properly irrigating your landscape saves water and helps your plants thrive.