So Cal water agencies partner with Home Depot to promote water efficient plants
Inland empire garden friendly plants take center stage at national water industry conference in Las Vegas.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Oct. 8, 2012 -- Water agency officials from across the U.S. got a chance last week to hear one of Southern California’s best water conservation ideas.
That’s when Bob Tincher of San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District briefed attendees at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas on the success local water agencies have had in promoting sales of Inland Empire Garden Friendly plants in partnership with The Home Depot and other retailers.
The Inland Empire Garden Friendly program, now in its second year, involves a combination of late spring and early summer parking lot sales and seminars to teach Inland Empire residents how to plant and care for native and climate appropriate plants.
Inland Empire Garden Friendly plants are marketed using a colorful logo, which helps consumers spot them when they make their plant selections.
The latest round of Inland Empire Garden Friendly plant sales and seminars took place at 21 different Home Depot locations in Riverside and San Bernardino counties in April, May and June. The program has been so successful that Valley District thought it would be worthwhile to share the concept with other agencies across the country that are looking for innovative ways to promote water conservation.
“It behooves us to share our best ideas because the more water we can save, the more we avoid water waste and better manage our precious water resources,” said Bob Tincher, manager of engineering and planning with the water district and chairman of the Inland Empire Garden Friendly Program Committee, who was part of the team that developed the Inland Empire Garden Friendly program in cooperation with The Home Depot and five other water agencies and outreach partners.
Other partners include the Chino Basin Water Conservation District, Eastern Municipal Water District, the Inland Empire Utilities Agency, the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden and the Water Resources Institute at California State University, San Bernardino.
More than 1,000 water agency officials from across the United States attended the WaterSmart Innovations Conference, which took place Oct. 3 - 5 at the South Point Hotel and Conference Center in Las Vegas. The conference was organized by the Southern Nevada Water Authority in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Program and other public and private partnerships.
More information about the conference is available at www.watersmartinnovations.com.-----------------------------------------------------------------------
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