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Pasadena In Focus
July - August 2009

Take Charge at No Charge

No one likes to get a fine and the city of Pasadena takes no pleasure in giving them. Pasadena is facing a very serious shortage that is making water – and especially water waste – very costly for everyone. We’ve reached the point where fines have become necessary to prevent any more waste of our dwindling supply.

PWP wants you to take charge so you don’t get charged, whether with a fine or a higher water bill. Visit www.cityofpasadena.net/savewater to find plenty of free tips, tools and workshops on how to cut waste and use less. Here’s a sample – no charge!

  • If you have a sprinkler system, do a full inspection as soon as possible. Fix broken sprinkler heads and overspray right away, then reset your irrigation schedule to water only before 9 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
  • Attend one of PWP’s free workshops on efficient irrigation, water-smart gardening, California Friendly plants, or healthy trees and shrubs. Workshop dates are July 16 and 25, Aug. 13 and 22, Sept. 10, Oct. 3 and 22 and Nov. 5; you can reserve your space online at www.cityofpasadena.net/savewater or by calling 744-6970.
  • Try the Online Watering Calculator to set a schedule that’s just right for your plants, or do it automatically with a Smart Irrigation Controller (and get a $160 rebate).
  • Go on the H2Ouse Virtual Home Tour to learn how to save water and money in every room of your home.
  • Take our Water Smart Survey to share your ideas for conserving and help PWP improve its conservation outreach. It’s anonymous; you’ll receive a voucher for a free Water Savers Kit that includes a shower timer and a quick shut-off showerhead