Finalist Videos will be Unveiled on Raley Field Jumbotron
High school students can win cash prizes and the chance to view their video on the Raley Field Jumbotron by entering the 2015 Water Spots Video Contest.
The contest, sponsored by the Elk Grove Water District, Regional Water Authority (RWA) and Sacramento Bee Media in Education (MIE) program, challenges teens to create compelling and original 25-second Public Service Announcement videos on a select water efficiency topic. The 2015 water efficiency theme is: BEAT THE LEAK: Find and Fix Leaks Fast!
Finalist videos will be displayed on the Raley Field Jumbotron screen and winners announced at a Sacramento River Cats game in April 2015. Winning students and their teachers will also get cash prizes.
Water Spots Video Contest entries are due by Friday, February 27, 2015. For more information, rules and entry guidelines, visit sacbee.com/water-spots. You can also view winning videos from previous years at YouTube.com/BeWaterSmartinfo.
The Regional Water Authority and the California Urban Water Conservation Council have released some great videos to help you learn more about improving water efficiency both indoors and outdoors.
On July, 23, 2014, the EGWD Board of Directors amended and implemented Stage 1 - Water Alert of the Water Shortage Contingency Plan in response to the State Water Resources Control Board's Resolution No.2014-0038. EGWD is working with Sacramento County, the City of Elk Grove and the Cosumnes Community Services District to ensure fair and consistent management of the emergency regulations. They are expected to remain in effect for the next nine months.
Message from the General Manager:
On April 25, 2014, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order to Redouble State Drought Actions. This Order says, in part, "Recognizing the tremendous importance of conserving water during this drought, all California residents should refrain from wasting water:
- Avoid using water to clean sidewalks, driveways, parking lots and other hardscapes.
- Turn off fountains and other decorative water features unless recycled or grey water is available.
- Limit vehicle washing at home by patronizing local car washes that use recycled water.
- Limit outdoor watering of lawns and landscaping to no more than two times a week."
EGWD continues to offer free landscape irrigation audits, which will provide guidance on maintaining your landscape during this difficult period. For more information on landscape irrigation audits, please call Ellen Carlson at 916-685-3556.
To read the Governor's Executive Order, visit: http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18495
Ready to convert your lawn to a drought-friendly design? The following two documents can help:
Considering their value, and the time needed to grow to maturity, ensuring the survival of shade trees should be a top priority for landscape professionals. According to local certified arborists, a typical large tree in the Sacramento valley has a replacement value ranging from several
to tens of thousands of dollars. During times of drought, landscape retention decisions should be made based on value, risk assessment, and the cost and ease of replacing assets of equivalent size. Click here for more information. (Available in spanish here.)
Check out the winners of the 2014 Water Spots contest and other water conservation videos here.
Have you called for your landscape irrigation audit yet? A certified technician will visit your home free of charge to examine your home's irrigation system and will prepare a report to help you maximize your system's benefits while minimizing your water use! They can also evaluate your water efficiency inside your home as well! Call Ellen Carlson, 916-685-3556, to schedule an appointment or click here to request an appointment online.
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