Posted on: June 21, 2017

Free Handbook Helps SoCal Residents Save Water in Their Yard with Humor, Photos and Easy Tips

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Achieve Full Water-saving Potential with “SoCal Yard Transformation” guide

Riverside, CA – Western Municipal Water District’s (Western) new handbook, “SoCal Yard Transformation: A Step-by-Step Guide to Get the Yard You Want,” is available for free to Western customers as well as all Santa Ana Watershed residents.  By helping homeowners achieve their full water-saving potential, “SoCal Yard Transformation” assists customers with needed recommendations to create permanent water-use changes. The unique handbook-style guide includes easy-to-understand tips from experts, colorful images and humor.

“Landscape transformation doesn’t have to be a serious matter.  By making improvements to your yard, you can increase your property’s value, save money, improve water-use efficiency and create a yard that is enjoyable,” shares Pam Pavela, Western’s water resources specialist, handbook editor and co-author. “We have seen over and over again, that many customers want to do the right thing in their yard to save water, but they don’t know where to begin or how to complete the process from start to finish.”

“SoCal Yard Transformation” is a tool and step-by-step roadmap to help homeowners increase landscape beauty in addition to creating beneficial environmental impacts.

Seven simple chapters break down everything that homeowners need to know to create a lasting transformation:

  • Water: Where it comes from, how it gets to the tap and the true cost to the customer
  • Planning: A simple guide on how to design a water-efficient landscape
  • Soil: The foundation of all landscapes and the life it contains
  • Planting: The who, what, where, when and why of planting and care of plants
  • Natives: Why these plants are important
  • Irrigation: How to irrigate efficiently, covering topics, such as scheduling, troubleshooting and how to make improvements
  • Sustainability: Creating a holistic, long-term landscape

The book was made possible  by the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality, and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 84). Later this year, an online companion piece to the book will be available at wmwd.com. The handbook can be picked up at Western’s office at 14205 Meridian Parkway in Riverside. For more information or to request your own copy, please call 951.571.7100.

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