Thursday, June 25, 2009

See Our New Water Conservation Kiosks at Local Libraries

We have new water conservation kiosks touring local libraries this summer.

Now when you look for new books, you can also stop by our blue kiosk and pick up some water saving tips, take a quiz about water-themed movies, even ask a question online or sign up for a home water survey.

The kiosk are at the libraries in Antioch and Pleasant Hill this week and next, and will then head out to other libraries. We'll let you know where they're at. So please look for the kiosks and give them a test drive. Do you know how the James Bond movie "Quantum of Solace" is related to water?

In the photo, a library patron seeks water saving answers at our new kiosk at the Antioch Library.

Set Your Lawn Mower Higher, Save Water

As the weather is getting warmer, remember lawns are water guzzlers. Lawns are generally the single biggest water user for a typical property — offering the greatest potential for water savings.

If you have good reasons to keep your lawn, remember we all must reduce our water use. Here are some simple maintenance practices that will help it survive drought.

  • Mow lawns 2½ to 3 inches high. Taller blades promote deeper roots and provide shade for soil.

  • Adjust your watering schedule by reducing the number of watering days per week and make sure you are only watering early in the morning, between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m.

  • Trim grass adjacent to sprinkler head to ensure the sprinkler is not blocked.

  • Check your sprinkler heads on a regular basis to ensure they are not watering the sidewalk or fence.

  • Share Your Water-Saving Secrets

    It's been nearly two months since CCWD started the Drought Management Program, and while we don't have all the figures in yet, it looks like people are saving quite a bit of water. Thank you.

    We want to know how you are doing it, and want to share your knowledge with others.

    We know many customers are putting a bucket in their shower, to collect cold water in the morning, and then using the water in the bucket for your plants. We also know that many of you have cut back your irrigation timers, and are watering in the early morning before it gets hot to ensure the water soaks into the ground.

    But maybe you've come up with a new idea, or a twist on an old one.

    Let us know, and we'll let our customers know here in the blog, tweets and on the web. Send Us An E-Mail With Your Idea or call (925) 688-8175.

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