This year's event will focus on water conservation and is designed to educate citizens on alternatives to landscape irrigation responsible for 60 percent of outdoor water usage. This year's Earth Day will include tours of the City’s low-water use demonstration garden, one of four which will be available throughout the City to educate citizens on appropriate landscape alternatives. The event also includes multiple water efficiency demonstrations, birding and native plant educational walks, and live music.
For those interested in participating in the bird watching tour, please plan to be at St. Johns Riverwalk by 7:45 a.m. For more information, go to www.gogreenvisalia.com.
Governor Brown declared a statewide drought emergency in response to the third drought year and calls upon all citizens to reduce their water usage by 20%. The City’s revised water conservation ordinance implemented Stage 4 - Water Emergency, which took effect April 17. Stage 4 allows watering 1 day a week March-April and November-December, 2 days a week in May and October, and three days a week June-September. No watering will be allowed in January and February. All total, the changes will bring an estimated 25% annual reduction in landscape irrigation.
The City and its residents have assertively responded to calls for water conservation, dating back to 1991 when mandatory water restrictions were put in place. Visalia has had an active groundwater recharge program since 2005, and is investing $140 million to upgrade the Water Conservation Plant to turn its wastewater into high-quality recycled water. The City has planted low-water-use plants and turf in its parks and landscapes and installed smart irrigation controllers. Need help in your low-water use landscape makeover? Go to www.visalia.watersavingplants.com for a gallery of ideas courtesy of California Water Service Company.
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