May is Water Awareness Month and Pasadena Water & Power is celebrating with “Giveaway-A-Day in May”.
PWP will select one winner every day this month to receive a brand new weather-based irrigation controller worth $400. Also known as smart controllers, the devices save thousands of gallons of water each year by automatically adjusting a home’s irrigation schedule based on plant needs and the weather.
The drawing is open to any current residential city of Pasadena water customer whose sprinkler system is run by a traditional timer. Winners will be notified by mail and posted on the PWP website throughout May. The 31 customers will then attend a “winners circle” workshop Thursday, June 4, to learn how to operate the controllers for maximum efficiency.
Rebates are available to all city of Pasadena water customers on smart controllers (current rebate is $160) and other water-saving devices. To qualify, customers must reserve water rebate funds online before purchases are made.
PWP’s free lawn and garden workshops continue this month and throughout the summer. Topics include efficient irrigation techniques and drought-tolerant gardening.
Water conservation and elimination of water waste are more urgent than ever as drought conditions persist and the Metropolitan Water District – which supplies 65 percent of Pasadena’s water – will cut the city’s allocation effective July 1, 2009.
In April the Pasadena City Council approved PWP’s Comprehensive Water Conservation Plan, a roadmap for reducing water consumption citywide by 10, 20 and 30 percent.
Details on “Giveaway-A-Day in May,” rebates and workshops can be found at www.cityofpasadena.net/savewater or by calling 744-6970.