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[CLWA] – The Castaic Lake Water Agency has announced the revealing of a new, sustainable landscape makeover to a Saugus family as part of the conclusion to a year-long conservation campaign, “What’s Your H2O Solution?”

CLWA began the year with a community conservation contest encouraging residents to submit water-saving ideas to the Agency. The best and most feasible ideas were considered for top prizes. The grand prize, a $5,000 landscape makeover giveaway from Stay Green Inc. was awarded to Steve and Thane Petzold of Saugus.

“We are thrilled with the results,” said homeowner Steve Petzold. “Even though many of our plants were drought-tolerant already, they were planted so many years ago that they weren’t thriving. We truly appreciate this opportunity and we’re very grateful to CLWA and Stay Green for their attention and hard work on our new front yard,” he added.

CLWA has been anticipating this event for quite some time. “We enjoyed hearing from Santa Clarita residents on how they are actively saving water in and around their homes and it was great to share those ideas with others,” said Stephanie Anagnoson, Water Conservation Program Coordinator at CLWA. “Many of the winning concepts were ideas that were easy to duplicate and didn’t cost much money,” she said.

Stay Green’s involvement proved critical to the success of the contest by showing residents how quick and easy some of these ideas are to implement.  Items like installing a drip irrigation system, adding mulch to reduce runoff and replacing existing plants with more colorful SCV-friendly plants were a few that Stay Green implemented at the Petzold home for a more colorful, updated look that will save them significant amounts of water every year.

“What we were able to offer the Petzold family can be done by most residents who are looking to save more on their water usage,” said Rene Rivera, VP of Operations for Stay Green, Inc. “It’s important for people to understand that planting drought-tolerant plants does not mean that your garden has to look drab or colorless. There are so many vibrant options for perennials that grow well here in Santa Clarita. We really enjoy showing residents how beautiful a sustainable garden can really be,” said Rivera.

 

About CLWA

The Castaic Lake Water Agency is the Santa Clarita Valley’s public water wholesaler.  CLWA operates three treatment plants, three pump stations, three storage facilities, and over 45 miles of transmission pipelines. Our mission is to provide reliable, quality water at a reasonable cost to the Santa Clarita Valley. www.clwa.org

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