As residents in beautiful Southern California, we need to be aware that we live in a semi-arid region where precipitation patterns are highly unpredictable. Our local water resources are limited and we rely upon water imported, at great cost, from the Colorado River and Northern California, hundreds of miles away. It is important to use water wisely and be efficient with our precious water resources.
Using water wisely has multiple benefits including reduced energy use, which saves money on energy and water bills. More than 19% of California's total energy consumption is used for pumping, treating and transportation of water. Water efficient practices outdoors can save up to 50% of a home's total water usage with very little effort. Efficient irrigation practices also help preserve our quality of life by reducing urban runoff, which makes for a cleaner and healthier ocean environment we all can enjoy!
If we cut water waste and use water more efficiently, our existing supplies will go further. That’s why water conservation and the promotion of water use efficiency are significant components of City of Huntington Beach’s Water Supply and Management Program.
For more information, please call the Utilities Division at (714) 536-5921.
Free Residential Landscape Classes
offered at the H.B. Utilities Yard
19001 Huntington St. (corner of Garfield/Huntington)
Soils, Fertilizers & Plants (February 22, 2014 - 9am to 12pm) - By drawing on rich California native and California friendly plant life, we can design and create enchanting gardens that are multi-functional, practical, supportive of the regions biodiversity and adapted to our climate. Understand our soils and the proper use of fertilizers to grow healthy plants.
Irrigation Systems, Watering & Garden Maintenance (March 15, 2014 - 9am to 12pm) - Learn about the installation and maintenance of different types of irrigation systems, and general garden maintenance.
EVENTS, PROGRAMS, NEWS & RESOURCES
Free Rainwater Harvesting Class on April 12, 2014 (3-4 p.m.)
Class will be held at the Utilities Yard located at 19001 Huntington St.
Rain Barrels are available for $85 (A Rebate of $75 is offered by the Municipal Water District of Orange County)
To register and for more details, please see flyer.
Need a resource to assist in design, irrigation and maintenance of your new California Friendly landscape? Check out our Huntington Beach Water Wise Gardening site for amazing photos, great tips and incredible resources to help you get started! This is a an excellent resource to learn about different plants you may want to include in your own garden.
HURRY! All applications must be submitted by March 14, 2014. Thinking of changing your landscaping to a California Friendly Garden? All residential and commercial H.B. customers are eligible to receive $1 per square foot of turf removed when replaced with water wise landscaping! For program specifics and further details, please visit : www.mwdoc.com/services/turf-removal.
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Let us proudly present Community Sustainability USA!
Community Sustainability is a local (founded in H.B.) non-profit dedicated to educate and advance sustainability in the community. All are welcome to join, learn and to be inspired! Take advantage of the "It's the Little Things" project!
The Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Beach is well worth a visit as it showcases California Native plants, nature trails and local wildlife. Shipley is a tranquil and natural garden sanctuary!
The California Native Garden at the Golden West College is an award winning beautiful native garden where butterflies and hummingbirds dance and feast and humans enjoy, learn and smile.
Two Huntington Beach residents have created a great website describing their journey from a lawn to conscientious and passionate owners of a fabulous Water and Ocean Friendly Garden
Inspirational and educational places and events all over Southern California
Tree of Life Nursery in San Juan Capistrano offers great quality events as usual.
Check their website for their free on-going expert guest speaker series!
If you have a high water bill or suspect a leak, or if you are interested in learning more about water conservation, the Water Use Efficiency team offers free home indoor and outdoor water surveys. Please call (714) 374-1503 to schedule an appointment!
More than 50% of our potable water is used for irrigation. If we cut water waste like watering asphalt, we can save a lot of water with very little effort!