Water Conservation

Stephen Wood is Responsible Managing Officer of EW Landscape, Inc., a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (650) 720-5995 or by email.

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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Video: The New Paradigm of Landscape Irrigation

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

WATSONVILLE — Host, Sarah Rutan: Some people think things will simply return to normal after the California drought is over, but when it comes to landscape irrigation, what’s considered “normal” has shifted dramatically. Today we’re in Watsonville with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jerry Allison of Jerry Allison Landscaping to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Jerry Allison: We’ve just lived through four years of drought, and although we hope this drought is over and that we can go back to normal, there’s really no normal anymore. We have all learned so much from this drought and living through it and learning to be responsible for the water that we use that all our methods have changed. Read more

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The New Paradigm of Landscape Irrigation

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

WATSONVILLE — After four years of drought in California, forecasts of a wet winter mean relief may finally be in sight. While the ongoing lack of rain has taken a toll on the state’s landscape production and water supply, it’s had at least one positive side effect: by forcing us to adapt our irrigation and planting techniques, it’s given us a greater sense of responsibility when it comes to our water use.

During the last four years, we’ve both improved the efficiency of our irrigation technology and implemented a more widespread usage of it. For example, many California residents are now installing water retention systems, which harvest water from home appliances like washing machines (as well as downspouts and trench drains) and reuse it for landscape irrigation. Read more

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