Long Beach Water to give away front yard make-over

The Long Beach Water Department has announced the kick-off of a citywide opportunity drawing through which Long Beach residents may win a beautiful, water-efficient, front yard make-over, valued at up to $10,000. These new landscapes will be professionally designed, installed, and paid for by the Long Beach Water Department, as part of the agency’s progressive conservation communications initiative. The drawing, design and installation of these landscapes will be filmed and televised. Residents may enter the drawing by visiting www.lbwater.org.
The drawing, which will create nine unique, water-efficient demonstration landscapes throughout the city, will be used as a platform to raise the awareness of wasteful outdoor watering practices, expose people to the benefits of water-efficient landscaping, and inspire people to permanently change their lifestyle so that inefficient and wasteful uses of water are no longer tolerated.
Residents of Long Beach are being invited to simply enter their name and address to win. The opportunity drawing will conclude on January 9. Winners will be selected at random by each member of the Long Beach City Council at a date and time yet to be determined, in the weeks following the conclusion of the drawing. There will be one winning home in each of the City’s nine Council Districts.
According to Matt Lyons, Director of Conservation and Planning for the Long Beach Water Department, “Southern California’s drinking water supplies have been permanently reduced over the last few years. We must lower our demand down to where it’s roughly equal to our supply. One of the best ways to do this is by reducing our landscape irrigation.”
In Southern California, landscape typically consumes huge amounts of water– roughly half the water used in the average home goes to landscape. “There’s a lot of room for improvement on how Southern Californians irrigate their yards,” added Lyons.
Details on the drawing can be found at www.lbwater.org, or residents may call (562) 570-2300.

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