eGuide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle

© SDCWA 2013

WaterSmart is where our San Diego lifestyle and water efficiency meet. Each step you take has the potential to enhance your lifestyle, increase the value of your home, save money and inspire a neighbor to do the same.

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Ideas Slow the Flow If you have a slope on your property, prevent erosion and runoff by interrupting the flow of rainwater downhill. You can terrace a slope, as cultures around the world have done for thousands of years, or create crescent-shaped berms around the base of plants and trees to capture flow so water can sink in and irrigate deep roots. Install Permeable Hardscape Permeable hardscape includes three practices: using gravel or decomposed granite instead of concrete; using sand instead of concrete between pavers or flagstone to allow drainage; and replacing a standard concrete patio, pad, walkway or driveway with porous concrete or other permeable design. These approaches are both beautiful and effective. Add Compost and Mulch Healthy soil is about 50 percent empty space and works like a sponge, absorbing stormwater before it runs off of your property. You will prevent water pollution and recharge the groundwater basin instead. What makes soil spongy is mixing in 1 - 1.3 cubic yards of compost per 100 square feet of soil, and spreading a 3-inch layer of mulch over the top. Install Barrels or Cisterns One inch of rain falling on a 1,000-square-foot roof can supply 600 gallons of water. Set up your downspouts to drain into a basin in your garden, fill a barrel or cistern, or supply a drip irrigation system. You can make a barrel out of a trash can or food container, or buy one. Styles range from industrial to artistic. $100 to $1,000 at these San Diego area stores 108

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