“Go Green” Segment – October 2, 2021
11:00 – 12:00 PM
Hour 3 Seg 1 – “Go Green”
DESERT WATER AGENCY w/ Xochitl Pena re: 1200 S. Gene Autry Tr., Palm Springs, CA. 92262.
- Desert Water Agency just celebrated its 60th Anniversary last month on Sept. 15.
- To mark the special day and help our customers in need, DWA contributed $60,000 to the Help2Others assistance program.
- The funding comes from non-rate revenue – or collected late fees.
- Since the pandemic, applications to the Help2Others fund are up by 400%
- Customers can apply for $200 a year in water bill credit by going to www.dwa.org/h2o and filling out a simple online form.
- DWA recently increased water bill credits from $50 and applying twice in a year to $200 and only having to apply once in the year. If you got one or two $50 credit before, you can reapply so you total $200 for the year.
- For more information or to apply go to www.dwa.org/h2o
- The California Water Resources Control Board met in late September and provided an update on the drought and water use across the state
- Californians have only reduced their water usage by 1.8 percent in July over the same month in 2020. This is far below the 15 percent voluntary reduction Gov. Newsom asked for this summer.
- Locally DWA customers used 4 percent less water in August than a year ago so there’s still a lot of room for improvement – locally and statewide.
- The reduction at this point is voluntary – residents aren’t required yet to cut back – but everyone should be doing their part to conserve during this drought.
Step up and Save by skipping overseeding
- DWA encourages its customers to “go gold” by skipping the overseeding process and letting grass brown a bit during the winter months in order to reduce water use.
- Scalping or overseeding is a common practice for grass areas in the fall. It involves replacing your summer Bermuda grass with winter rye grass by adding seeds and increasing irrigation until the winter grass starts to grow.
- If you do choose to overseed, make sure it is efficient.
- Start late: overseed in late October or November, that way you will need less water to germinate the seeds.
- Check your sprinklers: fix any pressure problems, make sure sprinklers are aimed in the right direction and repair any leaks.
- You can find these and more efficient overseeding tips at www.dwa.org/overseeding
Step up and save water with Incentives
- Grass removal – $2 per square foot
- Smart controller – $150 for devices and $100 for installation
- Water efficient nozzles and irrigation heads – $5 per nozzle; $2 for installation
- Washing machines – $250 for Energy Star water efficient machines
- Toilets for businesses – min. of 10 toilets, $100 per toilet
- Go to www.dwa.org/save to learn more.
– (contact info; www.dwa.org and (760) 323-4971).