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Foothill Municipal Water District urges conservation, offers native plants class

Foothill Municipal Water District urges conservation, offers native plants class.
Foothill Municipal Water District urges conservation, offers native plants class.
Laura Berthold Monteros

With California Gov. Jerry Brown calling for a 20 percent reduction in water use to ease the current drought, the Foothill Municipal Water District (FMWD) has announced their support and several ways for residents to decrease their usage and changed its conservation status to green.

It is also offering a free California Native Plants class on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 9 a.m. to noon at La Canada Presbyterian Church, led by Genny Arnold, seed program manager for the Theodore Payne Foundation. Email Karen Oblack or call FMWD at (818) 790-4036 to reserve a place for the presentation. The church is located at 626 Foothill Blvd., La Canada Flintridge.

Foothill General Manager Nina Jazmadarian said, “More than 60 percent of our water is used outdoors. By watering every other day, consumers can save a significant amount of water.” Other steps that customers can take to conserve as much water as possible include

  • Turning off the tap when not needed
  • Taking shorter showers
  • Running only full loads of dishes and laundry
  • Sweep paved surfaces instead of hosing them down
  • Limit watering time to before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. for 10 minutes
  • Fixing leaks within 48 hours.

In addition, FMWD is offering rebates to customers for installing devices to use water more efficiently. The list and application process can be found at www.socalwatersmart.com or www.fmwd.com. Foothill area commercial and industrial customers can receive rebates on water conservation devices as well by visiting www.socalwatersmart.com.

FMWD, which provides imported water to Crescenta Valley Water District, La Canada Irrigation District, Mesa Crest Water Company, Valley Water Company, Lincoln Avenue Water Company, Las Flores Water Company and Rubio Canyon Land and Water Association, also supports the development of locally-sourced water, such as storm water collection, recycling water, cleaning up and adding groundwater storage, and building desalination plants.

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