The city of Santa Clarita launched a new webpage “Water Wise is a Way of Life” this week. The webpage features information on ways the city conserves water and how the community can get involved.
Santa Clarita officials recently launched a new website, “Water Wise is a Way of Life.”
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The site provides information on responsible water management, said Gail Morgan, city of Santa Clarita spokeswoman.
“Water conservation is important in Santa Clarita,” according to Mayor Laurene Weste in a news release. “The city is committed to using water wisely and protecting our most precious natural resource each and every day, not just in times of drought.”
“Water Wise” offers information and a universal picture of the city’s efforts to conserve water, as well as the new ways Santa Clarita is planning for the future.
The city has made numerous efforts such as the landscape maintenance districts, within the parks and public rights of way, according to a Santa Clarita news release.
With 29 parks the city manages water conservation using smart controller technology to manage irrigation times as well as pause watering during rain and balances aesthetics with water conservation by planting low-water use plants in all public places, helping save two million gallons of water annually.
Nearly 70 percent of water use in Santa Clarita is for landscaping and since the Smart Controller Technology was installed in 2010, the city has saved over one billion gallons of water to date.
The infographic at the top of the webpage provides easy to read information and other fast facts on the conservation of water.
Also available on the site are details on low impact development and the low-water use beautification process; the installation of Purple Pipe; and the city’s use of permeable pavement to filter and enhance the local water supply at several projects.
Low-impact development is a way the city designs projects using low-water use native plants adn installing bio-retention basins which capture and clean water runoff.
Currently, there are more than 30 miles of purple pipe installed at Central Park and many other beautifcation projects throughout the city.
The “purple pipe” systems are capable of using recycled water to water city landscape and sport fields. They are a way to also conserve water, energy and money for the future.
On Jan. 17, Gov. Jerry Brown issued a statewide drought declaration in response to the driest year on record.
Nearly 77 percent of the state is in “extreme drought’ just one level above “exceptional drought,” according to a U.S Drought Monitor map of California released June 17.
California’s drought has impacted every community, including Santa Clarita. The city is working with the Castaic Lake Water Agency (CLWA) and state organizations to raise awareness about the little and big ways every resident and business owner can make a difference.
The city of Santa Clarita is currently in the “extreme drought” category therefore, the Castaic Lake Water Agency is asking every resident to reduce their water use by 20 percent. The average resident uses up to 220 gallons per day.
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Source: Santa Clarita News