Cal Water Offers New Water-Saving Landscaping Programs

Incentives for garden remodeling and drip irrigation now available

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 2, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Conserving water is becoming increasingly important with the ongoing drought, and California Water Service (Cal Water) is expanding its efforts to help customers conserve water every day. The utility announced today the launch of its lawn-to-garden and spray-to-drip discounts, two new programs that encourage Cal Water customers to make their landscaping and irrigation systems as efficient as possible.

Cal Water’s Lawn-to-Garden Program offers a discount of $ 3 per square foot of lawn removed. At least 50 percent of the grass removed must be landscaped using California drought tolerant plant material. Artificial turf / artificial turf, already dead lawn or previously removed grass are not eligible for discounts.

The Spray-to-Drip program offers a discount of $ 0.50 per square foot of landscaping that has been converted from a standard spray irrigation system to a drip system because drip irrigation uses 20 to 50 percent less water compared to sprinklers. Drainers must be on Cal Water’s Qualified Product List to be eligible for the incentive.

Both programs are available to single-family, multi-family and commercial customers. Cal Water customers can visit calwater.com/conservation for detailed information about these programs and how to apply.

“Our customers have already taken smart steps to conserve water during the drought, and we want to offer them additional opportunities to use water wisely,” said Martin A. Kropelnicki, President and CEO. “These new programs will make it even easier for Cal Water customers to beautify their landscapes while reducing water usage and saving money, all of which reflect our commitment to quality, service and value.”

Additionally, Cal Water encourages its customers to take advantage of its other industry-leading conservation programs to conserve water. The utility offers:

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  • Discounts on high efficiency equipment and appliances, with certain discount amounts recently doubled;

  • A free preservation kit that includes a garden hose nozzle with shut-off valve, highly efficient shower heads, faucet aerators, and more;

  • Educational resources; and

  • A smart landscape tuning program that includes an assessment of the irrigation system along with installing efficient equipment and repairing irrigation leaks at no cost to the customer.

Cal Water also reminds residents and businesses to continue to observe the applicable prohibited water uses. Water-wasting activities include, in part, the use of water in exterior design that leads to runoff on adjacent property or paved areas; Watering outdoors between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., unless local ordinances provide otherwise; Using a hose to wash vehicles unless the hose has a shut-off nozzle or similar device; and fail to repair leaks within five days of notification.

Cal Water customers can visit calwater.com/conservation for information on all nature conservation programs as well as a full list of prohibited water uses.

California Water Service serves approximately 2 million people in California through 492,600 service outlets. The utility has been providing water supplies in the state since 1926. More information is available online at www.calwater.com.

Contact: Yvonne Kingman, 310-257-1434

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