Water Quality & Conservation
Conserve Water at Home
These FREE workshops are held one Saturday per month from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Castaic Lake Water Agency (CLWA), 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road. To register for CLWA classes or for a full schedule of workshops, call (661) 513-1230 or visit CLWA.org.
- Santa Clarita Valley Family of Water Suppliers: http://scvh2o.org/
Ideas for watering more efficiently:
- Use separate valves for lawn and plant areas and group plants with similar water needs on the same valve.
- Avoid oddly shaped or narrow lawn areas (under 10 feet wide). These areas are difficult to water efficiently and often result in excess water runoff.
- Drip irrigation is ideal for plants because it can directly soak the soil without washing away soil or mulch.
- Install bubblers or emitters around the dripline of the plant. (The area under the outside of the plant canopy). Install enough emitters at the correct sizes to wet the root zone. At maturity, large trees may require 12 or more emitters. Small or newly planted trees may only need three – five emitters.
- When installing a drip system, don’t exceed 200 feet of poly tubing from valve to end cap. Don’t exceed a total flow of 200 gallons per hour per valve.
- Water early in the morning to reduce the rate of evaporation. Typically before 8am is best.
- Be sure to turn off sprinklers when it’s raining.
- Water plants less frequently but thoroughly to encourage deep root growth and drought tolerance.
- Use a thick layer of mulch on plant beds to keep the soil cool, minimize evaporation, and prevent weed growth.
To help minimize water pollution:
- Avoid applying fertilizers, pesticides, and weed-control chemicals right before it rains or on areas prone to runoff.
- Put grass clippings, leaves, and landscaping debris in the green waste bin so it can be made into mulch.
- Plant native and drought tolerant vegetation that requires less water and care.
- Consider implementing a rain garden to help control run off.
WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, makes it easy for Americans to save water and protect the environment. Explore the WaterSense site to learn about water-efficient products, saving water, and how businesses and organizations can partner with WaterSense.
Resources for local and statewide conservation
There are programs for Santa Clarita water users that could help save water and money. To learn more about rebates, water conservation ideas or drought measures, click on the following links: