Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Advice from Owlie

Advice from Owlie

Q: Dear Owlie, 
I have noticed a decrease in my water consumption on my water bill since putting your indoor water-saving tips to use.  Despite this decrease in water, I feel like I am missing some tips that I can use outside to save water.  What are some outdoor watering habits that will continue to lower my water use?  
Sincerely, 
                                                     Water Wise Homeowner

A: Dear Water Wise Homeowner
I am happy to hear you have been putting my indoor water-saving tips to use!  Some tips to use outside include checking your sprinklers to ensure they are watering your lawn and garden and not the sidewalk, changing your irrigation times every month to water early in the morning or later in the evening and not watering on windy days.  These tips can help you reach your low water use goals.  Learn more water-saving tips at www.ieua.org

Good luck with saving more water on your next water bill, 
Owlie

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Advice from Owlie

Advice from Owlie

Q: Dear Owlie, 
Since I’m pretty handy around the house, I would like to do some repairs – or upgrades – this spring that will help me to use less water.  What are some repairs or upgrades that you recommend?  
Sincerely, 
Water Conserving Handyman 

A: Dear Water Conserving Handyman
It is great that you are willing to tackle some water-saving home repairs.  Some repairs you can do around your home include fixing any leaks on faucets, showers and toilets.  Every leak fixed in your home can save you up to 20 gallons of water a day.  While fixing faucet leaks, you can also install aerators on all of your household faucets, which slow the flow of water to less than one gallon per minute.  For more information on how you can save water, visit www.ieua.org.

Good luck with your water-saving repairs, 
Owlie




Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Advice from Owlie

Advice from Owlie

Q: Dear Owlie, 
While I was playing soccer at the park, I noticed purple pipes near the field. What are purple pipes, and why are they at my park? 
Sincerely, 
Young Purple Pipe Enthusiast 

A: Dear Young Purple Pipe Enthusiast
Thank you for your question about purple pipes. The color purple on the pipes means they hold recycled water. Recycled water is water made by treating wastewater and is great for watering golf courses and parks, like the park where you play soccer. Recycled water is important to use for irrigation so we can save more of the drinking water for us, and not the plants. If you want to learn more about recycled water, visit www.ieua.org.

Good luck with your soccer and I hope you spread the word about purple pipes, 
Owlie



Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Advice from Owlie

Advice from Owlie

Q: Dear Owlie, 
I’m thinking about re-landscaping my yard. What types of plants should I use to reduce my water use? 
Sincerely, 
Water-Conscious Gardener

A: Dear Water-Conscious Gardener
Thank you for your interest in using water-wise plants for your landscape. The plants that fit your water-saving needs are drought tolerant, or southern California native plants. These plants are as beautiful as they are water-saving. Some of these plants include Purple Sage, California Wild Rose, Cleveland Sage, and Deer Grass. You can see all of these plants, and more, at the Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park, watersavinggardenfriendly.com or follow IEUA's Twitter account @IEUAwater for Friday Foliage, a weekly look at water-wise plants, for more garden inspiration. 

Best wishes to you and your water-saving efforts,
Owlie

Monday, May 23, 2016

Advice from Owlie

Advice from Owlie

Q: Dear Owlie, 
Even though we’re in a drought, my family still uses a lot of water daily. What water-saving ideas can I share with my family so we can save water everyday? 
Sincerely, 
Young Water-Saver 

A: Dear Young Water-Saver
Thank you for reaching out and asking what you can do to help save water. Some things you can do include limiting showers to five minutes or less, turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth and sweeping, not spraying, your driveway! These little things can add up to big water savings. Learn more water-saving tips at www.ieua.org

Good luck on your water-saving mission, 
Owlie

Monday, May 16, 2016

Advice from Owlie

Advice from Owlie

Q: Dear Owlie, 
I’m interested in buying new water-efficient appliances. What appliances should I buy that will help me save water? Sincerely, 
Water-Saving Shopper

A: Dear Water-Saving Shopper
Thank you for your water-saving question. The main water-using appliances are dishwashers and laundry machines. When purchasing these appliances, look for water-efficient models. Installing a water- and energy-efficient dishwasher and washing machine, and running full loads, can save you 15-45 gallons per load. For more information, visit www.ieua.org.

Best wishes to you and your water-saving efforts, 
Owlie

Monday, May 9, 2016

Advice from Owlie

Advice from Owlie

Q: Dear Owlie, 
I have been reading about natural habitats recently, and I came across what was called a wetlands. Are there any wetlands I can visit that are located in the Inland Empire? 
Sincerely, 
Wetlands Wonderer

A: Dear Wetlands Wonderer
You’ve come to the right owl for your question! I live in a wetlands called the Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park. The Park is 22 acres in the city of Chino. It has a variety of climate appropriate and low water-use plants, and features a water-smart irrigation management system. It is FREE to the public, open from sunrise to sunset and has 1.7 miles of trails that will take you throughout the Park. The Park is a great place to see water conservation in person, the importance of wetlands in our environment, improving our water supply, storm-water treatment, and water-use efficiency. To learn more about the Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park, visit www.ieua.org.

I hope to see you here soon, 
Owlie