by City Manager Ken Striplin
As you drive through our City these days, you have probably noticed that the grass on the center medians is no longer being watered. By order of the Governor, cities are mandated to reduce their water use and specifically, can no longer water grass medians.
Reducing water use is something our City has been working on for the last several years. I encourage you to visit our website: Santa-Clarita.com/Waterwise to learn more about how we are reducing our water use citywide. We have started to remove water-thirsty grass and replace it with low water use plants and will continue this effort until all of the grass is removed. Our use of smart controllers in our parks is saving 330 million gallons of water annually.
An audit of City parks, trails and open space areas revealed some grass areas that are more decorative than useful, which we have shut off water to and will replace with mulch. At City facilities, we have turned off decorative fountains, replaced old water fixtures with low-water use fixtures and use targeted bubblers to irrigate trees in the medians in order to conserve water.
A City hotline to report broken sprinklers in City landscaping will help us to be even more vigilant with our watering, so please let us know if you see water runoff by calling the City’s Water Hotline at: 661-286-4011 and after hours at: 661-290-2200.
We will continue to work with the SCV Family of Water Suppliers to reduce our water use and comply with State mandates. For information on your specific water reduction requirements, please contact your water retailer: Valencia Water Company at 661-294-0828 and online at: valenciawater.com; Santa Clarita Water Division at 661-259-2737 and online at: santaclaritawater.com or Newhall County Water District at 661-259-3610 and online at: ncwd.org.
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