Water Conservation

Video: 3 Ways to Save Water in Your Yard

Posted on February 01, 2019 by James Florence

WATSONVILLE — Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to landscape irrigation, small changes in methodology can add up to significant water savings. Today we’re in Watsonville with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Francisco Cortes of Green Environment Landscape to learn three water-wise tips.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Francisco Cortes: I’m going to give you a tip, how can you save water? Most the lawn mowers, they have a part they sell, you can remove your garbage bag and you can put it right there. And all the clippings for the grasses is going to be into the section grass. That way, when you water it, you’re going to save water, Read more

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3 Tips to Conserve Water in Your Yard

Posted on February 01, 2019 by James Florence

WATSONVILLE — When it comes to irrigating your yard, small steps and smart practices can go a long way toward conserving water. Consider the following tips:

Water less often for longer intervals. Many people water their lawns and gardens every day, but this actually isn’t the most efficient method. A better strategy is to water less frequently but for longer intervals. For example, instead of watering your lawn for 15 minutes every day, a better method is to water it for 45 minutes two to three times per week. This extended watering interval will soak the area and ensure water permeates deep into the root zone, which will sustain your lawn and plants for a few days until the next watering. Read more

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Repurposing Wine Bottles for Landscape Irrigation

Posted on March 05, 2018 by James Florence

MENLO PARK — After enjoying a bottle of wine, you probably discard the empty bottle into the recycling bin. However, did you know that empty bottle can be used to irrigate a plant on your landscape?

Here’s how it works: Fill the empty wine bottle with water and take it over to a plant in your yard. Turn the bottle upside down and place it into the soil near the plant’s root zone. Upon entering the soil, a plug will form in the bottle’s neck, which will keep the water from immediately draining out. Over the next few weeks, the water in the bottle will gradually seep into the soil, providing the plant with a slow, Read more

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Video: Repurposing Wine Bottles for Landscape Irrigation

Posted on March 02, 2018 by James Florence

MENLO PARK — Host, Saran Rutan: If you’re a gardening enthusiast who also enjoys wine, you’ll be interested to learn about an innovative, water-saving use for your old wine bottles. Today we’re in Menlo Park with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Stephen Wood of EW Landscape to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Stephen Wood: Is watering a problem for you? Do you not have time? Do you not have the money? Got a solution: wine bottles.

This is a 1-1/2 liter California Merlot. Once you’ve emptied it, it either goes into the recycle, or you could fill it with water, find a plant that’s stressed, invert the bottle in the soil. Read more

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Video: Hot Water Recirculation Pumps

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN ANSELMO — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re looking for ways to conserve water in your home, your first step should be installing a hot water recirculation pump. Today we’re in San Anselmo with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Cameron Mason of Mason Plumbing to learn why.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Cameron Mason: I remember as a kid going to take a morning shower, you would turn on the hot water and then you’d go take three minutes to go pick out your clothes, because the hot water wasn’t going to be there for a long time. That is not the case anymore. The engineers at Grundfos have come up with a pump that will get hot water to your furthest fixture, Read more

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A Better Choice for Water Filtration

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

PETALUMA – If you want to have filtered drinking water in your home, you have a couple of options. One is a reverse osmosis system, which is effective at removing chlorine, lead and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in tap water. However, this type of system has a couple of drawbacks. First, while it removes a lot of the bad things from tap water, it also removes a lot of the good things, such as calcium and magnesium. What’s worse, it’s inefficient: As a result of its multi-phase filtration process, for every gallon of water a reverse osmosis system produces, four more gallons are lost.

A better choice for water filtration is a single-stage point-of-use filter, Read more

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Video: Plumbing Water Saving Tips

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

PETALUMA – Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to saving water in your home, there are a couple of things you might not be aware of. Today we’re in Petaluma with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Roman Scanagatta of Roman’s Plumbing to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Roman Scanagatta: Due to the longstanding drought here in California, there are many ways that we can all conserve water in the home. One is installing a hot water recirculation pump. What a hot water recirculating pump does is [it] provides hot water to your bathrooms, kitchens –wherever it takes a long time to get hot water, we can get it there within ten seconds, Read more

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