Detect Water Leaks with the 10-Minute WaterSense Challenge

Detect and Chase Down Leaks with the 10-Minute WaterSense Challenge

Did you know that easy-to-fix water leaks account for nearly 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year in U.S. homes? In fact, the average household leaks almost 10,000 gallons of water per year, or the amount of water it takes to wash nearly 300 loads of laundry, and could be costing you an extra 10 percent on your water bills.

That is why EPA’s WaterSense program celebrates Fix A


Watering Your Garden in the Summer

Q&A with Maureen Taylor, Professional Gardener

For gardening in arid zones

photo: Watering Your Garden in the Summer: Q&A with Maureen, Professional Gardener

Under the canopy of a California Friendly garden, I chatted with Maureen Taylor, a California native gardener and landscape designer, to find out the best ways to care for a California Friendly garden during a hot summer. Below are some gardening tips she shared with me that can help many Southern California residents:

Gnorman: How often should I water


7 Simple Tips to Make Your Yard an Ocean Friendly Garden

The warmth of summer has arrived! Thankfully, Orange County is blessed with postcard-perfect beaches for all our gneighbors to enjoy. Did you know that a California Friendly yard is also an Ocean Friendly yard? Every time you stop overwatering or use less fertilizer or pesticides on California Friendly yards, you are helping to reduce the amount of pollutants and bacteria entering our local waterways. By preventing this harmful runoff, you


Los Angeles Lawns Lose Water: 70 Billion Gallons per Year

Los Angeles Lawns Lose Lots of Water: 70 Billion of Gallons A Year

City’s rich and famous lose twice as much as poor; but trees are relatively efficient.

In summer 2010, Los Angeles was losing about 100 gallons of water per person per day to the atmosphere through the evaporation and plant uptake of lawns and trees. Lawns accounted for 70 percent of the water loss, while trees accounted for 30 percent, according to a University of Utah study published in Water Resources