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Gift Yourself a Water Savings Device this Holiday Season! Central Basin, in partnership with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, offers rebates on water-savings devices. Not only do the devices save water, but money, too! A new high-efficiency clothes washer or toilet could be the perfect gift this holiday season and will allow you to save water and money all year long. Toilets and washers account for approximately 45% of the water used inside your home! Upgrading to a high-efficiency clothes washer could save about 14 gallons a day, or more than 150,000 gallons over the washer’s lifetime and upgrading to a high-efficiency toilet can save over $800 on your water bill and eventually pay for itself. Rebates for washers start at $85 and rebates for toilets start at $40.  If you’re looking for a gift for outside of the home, outdoor rebates are also offered.  There are a variety of options such as weather-based irrigation controllers, rotating sprinkler nozzles, rain barrels and cisterns, and soil moisture sensor systems.  A weather-based irrigation controller is great if you’re always on the go or forget to let your sprinklers rest when it rains. Did you know that it only takes between 5-10 minutes to water outdoor landscapes?  This controller automatically adjusts the irrigation schedule to account for changing weather, soil conditions, and plant types. Rebates start at $80 per controller.  If you think you might be over-watering, rotating sprinkler nozzles may be a great choice for you! Rotating sprinkler nozzles apply water more slowly and uniformly to prevent over-watering and encourage healthy plant growth. Rebates start at $2 per nozzle.  A rain barrel or cistern is the perfect choice if you like to make the most of your natural resources. Rain barrels and cisterns allow rain to be captured and reused. They also prevent precious water from flowing into the sewer drain. Rebates start at $35 per barrel or cistern.   Soil moisture sensor systems help detect water needs by gauging the moisture present in the soil. This also promotes healthy plant growth. Rebates start at $80 per controller.  For more information or to take advantage of this opportunity, please visit www.socalwatersmart.com. 
Posted by kelsey.coleman  On Dec 17, 2019 at 9:05 AM
  
Holiday Water-Use Tips Season’s greetings! The holidays are here, bringing loved ones together to share in cheer and festivities. While this is a wonderful time to entertain guests, hosting friends and family to celebrate the season can lead to more water use than usual. Here are some ways to save water this holiday season. Defrost frozen meat in the refrigerator instead of in the sink. Running the tap to defrost frozen food is a great waste of water, meaning money and a vital resource down the drain. Using the fridge will save water and it is the safest, most reliable method of defrosting foods. Unlike the wasteful tap water method of defrosting, fridge defrosting is beneficial because it does not require constant monitoring and immediate cooking of thawed food, which means you can prepare that holiday ham at your leisure. Wash produce in a bowl of water. You will save a lot of water any time you can avoid running the faucet. For this, a shallow pan is the perfect vessel. Set the table with a water pitcher. This will solve the problem of leftover water in guests’ glasses at meals. A pitcher of water is also a thoughtful way of providing drinks to everyone rather than having guests refill in the kitchen themselves. Install faucet aerators around your home. The holidays provide you the opportunity to host a lot of company in your home at once. Water use in your bathrooms and kitchen will definitely increase with guests. Faucet aerators are an inexpensive way to reduce water use by decreasing the otherwise unnecessary rate at which faucets spew water. Water your plants with leftover ice. If an ice chest is used at your festive gathering, you may have melted ice in need of repurposing. Use this excess water to hydrate your plants indoors and in your garden once your party is over. Use a plate squeegee. Mashed potatoes and gravy are the perfect touch to a Thanksgiving meal, but they can leave quite a mess when it comes time to wash your dishes. A little gel squeegee, specifically made for removing remnants of food from dishware, will cut the need for excessive rinsing before washing. Use a lower setting on the dishwasher. With all the delicious dishes you’ll be cooking for friends and family, there’s sure to be a lot more dishes to wash than usual. Using a lighter setting on your dishwasher will ensure your dishes are clean and ready to use for your next holiday meal, and it will save up to 55% less water than the regular setting. Collect rainwater for future use. Here in Southern California, the holidays arrive during the wettest part of the year. Take advantage of the seasonal rain by collecting it in a Rain Barrel or Cistern to be used later for irrigation. Rebates are available at www.socalwatersmart.com. Happy holidays from Central Basin!
Posted by kelsey.coleman  On Nov 05, 2019 at 3:01 PM 1 Comment