Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled the last name of MNWD General Manager Robert Gumerman.
is in the process of planting California-friendly or drought-tolerant plants around its adminstrative offices at 27500 La Paz Road at cost of $15,025.
The project is expected to be complete in about six weeks. The renovation costs include planting and irrigation, according to MNWD General Manager Robert Gumerman.
While planting these plants is an attempt to save on irrigation and caretaking costs, there is another reason.
"Most important is that it will demonstrate to our ratepayers what the possibilities are when using California-friendly plants," Gumerman said.
The MNWD uses recycled water for irrigation at its administrative office building. This is one of more than 1,200 recycled water connections in the MNWD. Currently, more than 21 percent of the annual water usage in the MNWD is recycled water, which extends the domestic water supplies for the region, and results in a cost-savings for the recycled water users, he said.
Recycled water is sold at 80 percent of the potable water rates.
The following is a list of the plant materials that will be used:
PLANTSBotanical NameCommon NameQuantityAchillea Millefolium "Island Pink" Yarrow 22 Agave Attenuata No Common Name 6
Anigozanthos Flavidus "Big Red"
Arctostaphylos "Emerald Carpet"
Arctostaphylos "Pacific Mist"
Pacific Mist Manzanita8
Ceanothus Thyrsiflorus "Skylark"
Muhlenbergia Capillaris "Regal Mist"
Myrtus C. "Compacta"
Nandia D. "Gulfstrem"
Mexican Feather Grass27
Phormiums Texax "Jack Spratt"
Phormiums Texax "Bronze Baby"
Woolly Blue Curls15
Verbena Lilacina "De La Mina"
Cendros Island Verbena46
Zauschneria "Summer Snow"
POT PLANTING (2 POTS)Botanical NameCommon NameQuantity for Each PotEcheveria Agavides Echeveria 1
Echeveria GibbifloraSoveign Blue 1
Graptopetalum ParaguayenseGhost Plant 1 Graposedum "Bronze" No Common Name 1 Graptoveria Hybrid Fred Ives 1 Sedum Morganianum Donkey Tail 1