City to host free Water Conservation Essentials workshop

The great California drought is here. In response to the serious water shortage, the State of California has mandated a 25 percent reduction in overall water consumption. The city of Martinez is following suit and asking residents to practice water conservation. To help residents do their best at saving water, the City will be hosting a special free workshop, Water Conservation Essentials: Every Drop Counts, at Martinez City Hall Council Chambers, 525 Henrietta St., Martinez, on Saturday, July 18, from 10 a.m. to noon

According to the City, this workshop is full of useful water conservation tips and facts, and includes the Top 10 Actions one can take to easily maximize indoor and outdoor water savings, either for free or at a nominal cost. The class will also provide an overview of greywater and rain barrel systems.

The workshop will spotlight indoor water conservation (focusing on all fixtures and appliances), landscaping and irrigation (overview of drip-systems, timers, practices), greywater systems (overview of regulations and installation), and rain barrel systems (overview of different types and designs).

The workshop will be led by Todd Sutton, aka the “Waste Sleuth,” principal consultant of and a sustainability expert with more than 23 years in the recycling and conservation field. Additional speakers will include Chris Kania, Martinez Water Superintendent, and Chris Dundon, Water Conservation Supervisor with Contra Costa Water District.

The “Water Conservation Essentials: Every Drop Counts” class is free. Registration is easy by email, or over the City Recycling Hotline at (925) 372-3531.

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