Pasadena Water & Power Department (PWP) customers can receive expert advice on cutting their irrigation bills with California-friendly plants, plus get bargain-priced rain barrels during a free Drought Tolerant Landscape & Rain Barrel Event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 14, at Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr. in La Cañada Flintridge.
Space is limited but PWP customers can reserve their seats now by calling the Pasadena Citizen Service Center at (626) 744-7311 or visitingwww.CityofPasadena.net/CSC.
To receive a free rain barrel at the workshop, participants must purchase one in advance at www.RainBarrelsIntl.com by Wednesday, Sept. 10. Click the “Events” tab and choose “Descanso Gardens. The $85 barrels come in a choice of black or terra cotta, with a brass spigot that attaches to any garden hose. Pasadena residents can then apply for a $100 rain barrel rebate through Metropolitan Water District’s website, www.SoCalWaterSmart.com. Attendees are not required to purchase a rain barrel.
During the four-hour event, a landscape expert will show participants how to maximize their water-bill savings by choosing drought-tolerant plants and groundcover. Participants will also learn tips for putting their rain barrels to work, capturing rooftop runoff and providing backyard plants with chemical-free and nutrient-rich water.
This is event is co-hosted by PWP, City of Burbank, City of Glendale, City of South Pasadena, Crescenta Valley Water District and Foothill Municipal Water District.
Landscape irrigation accounts for up to 50 percent of Pasadena’s water use. To help residents conserve, PWP offers a long list of rebates on water-saving landscape fixtures, as well as a $2-per-square foot turf removal rebate to entice property owners to replace thirsty lawns with drought-tolerant, native landscaping. Find a full list of available rebates, as well as conservation tips, a water-saving landscape guide, before-and-after photos and how-to videos at www.PWPweb.com/SaveWater.
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