Editor's Note: Olivenhain Municipal Water District released the following event announcement.
California is experiencing a historically dry winter, making efficient water use more important than ever before. Area residents interested in reducing imported water use at their home or business are encouraged to attend a free workshop provided by local water agencies on rainwater harvesting and graywater. The workshop will be held on Feb. 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Escondido’s City Hall.
Utilizing rainwater for irrigation can reduce water and sewer bills and lessen runoff to our waterways and beaches. Though local rainfall has been scarce in recent months, even a light rainfall can provide gallons of water for later use. For example, a 2,000-square-foot surface area can capture 300 gallons of water from only a quarter-inch of rain.
Workshop attendees will also learn about the safe use of graywater on landscape, as a considerable amount of water can be saved by reusing water from clothes washing machines. Water used for laundry averages 15 gallons per person per day nationally, or 22% of all home water use.
Instructor and landscape architect Candace Vanderhoff, whose current work with RainThanks & Greywater includes managing and designing water harvesting systems, graywater systems, and sustainable landscapes, will help attendees find systems that best suit their landscape needs.
Rebates of up to $75 are available for rainwater system components by visiting socalwatersmart.com. Rebate incentives are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information or to register for the workshop, visit olivenhain.com/events or call 760-436-4641. The workshop and rebates are offered through a partnership between Olivenhain Municipal Water District, City of Escondido, City of San Diego, Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District, Santa Fe Irrigation District, Vallecitos Water District, San Diego County Water Authority, and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.