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Water Conservation Award

City of Carlsbad resident Claudia Kuepper has been honored as a winner of the annual California-Friendly Landscape Contest, which recognizes San Diegans who achieve water conservation through water-efficient landscaping.

Kuepper, who resides in the Olivenhain Municipal Water District in southern Carlsbad, was recognized after she installed a water-saving landscape design that reduced her water bill by 50 percent.

To achieve her water savings, Kuepper replaced all of her yard’s turf grass with water-saving plants, converted most of the yard’s irrigation to a drip system and installed four 50-gallon barrels that catch rainwater for later use.

“The crux of a successful garden is an efficient irrigation system and a good design,” said Kuepper, a La Costa resident and professional landscape designer who specializes in water-wise gardens.

Kuepper said she took advantage of a rebate program sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California that reimbursed homeowners for ripping up grass lawns and replacing them with water-efficient plants. The rebate program has since ended.

“My garden had yucky, ugly dead grass and I needed to replace it,” she said. She planted foliage that is suitable for a semi-arid Mediterranean climate.

“My water bill went down significantly, by half,” said Kuepper.

Kuepper advised anyone wishing to duplicate her achievement to educate themselves on installing a drip irrigation system and replacing turf grass with Mediterranean plants and succulents or hire a professional. She said the City of Carlsbad website offers good information.

The California-Friendly Landscape Contest is held annually by water agencies in San Diego County to showcase attractive landscapes that use less water than conventional turf-heavy landscapes. Contest entries are judged on curb appeal, landscape and irrigation design and environmental considerations.

The Carlsbad Municipal Water District, a subsidiary of the City of Carlsbad, serves about 85 percent of the city. Water deliveries in the southern portion of the city are provided by the Vallecitos Water District and the Olivenhain Municipal Water District. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is the wholesale water supplier for most of Southern California.

For more information 
http://www.carlsbadca.gov/services/depts/pw/utils/water/default.asp

City media contact 
Kristina Ray, 760-434-2957, kristina.ray@carlsbadca.gov

 

 

July 13, 2016