Sunday, March 29, 2015

Environmental update: Share water conservation ideas on city website

From page A5 | August 29, 2014 |

With low groundwater levels and the worst drought California has seen, the city of Davis is committed to working with the community to save water.

The city has launched, a website that provides conservation tips, rebates, workshop information and more. The city encourages residents to share photos of creative conservation ideas and techniques. Pictures sent to [email protected] may be featured on the website.

The city is partnering with the Yolo County Master Gardeners on a series of water efficiency workshops. The first will be Saturday, Sept. 27, at 10 a.m. at the Central Park Gardens near Third and B streets in Davis. The Master Gardeners and Tree Davis representatives will discuss installing and maintaining existing smart irrigation, cost-effective ways to lower water use, drought-tolerant landscapes and caring for trees during a drought.

Space is limited, so RSVP with your name and the number of attendees to [email protected] by Sept. 17.

To help residents monitor their water consumption, the city has partnered with WaterInsight. It provides each customer with simple, easy-to-understand consumption information and personalized water-saving actions based on their household’s unique profile. Learn more and sign up at

Water conservation is a cost-effective and environmentally sound way to reduce our demand for water. Using water carefully is always important. For most single-family residential customers, focusing on outdoor water use can result in easy water savings. About 60 to 70 percent of the water consumed during the summer months is used for landscape irrigation.

Inside the home, the most reliable way to reduce water use is to make sure you have water-efficient appliances. Replacing toilets and clothes washers with more efficient models and using lower-flow showerheads (2 gallons per minute or less) will reduce your overall water use year-round. Also, make sure all your leaks are fixed and that lawns and gardens are not overwatered.

For questions or to schedule a leak check or water use evaluation, call 530-757-5686 or email [email protected]


If you are moving into a new home, it is likely that more than 20 percent of your waste will be cardboard. Please do not throw it in the trash! It’s easily recycled; just flatten all boxes and stack them on the ground next to your trash and recycling carts on your regular collection day.

If you live in an apartment or condominium where you have a community trash and recycling area, you can flatten and stack your cardboard on the ground next to the Dumpsters or recycling carts.
Cardboard placed in the Dumpsters will not be recycled; it must be stacked outside the Dumpsters in order to be collected for recycling.

You can also bring all your recycling to the Davis Waste Removal recycling center at 2727 Second St. for free drop-off 24 hours a day.

If you are trying to figure out what you can and can’t recycle, visit for everything you ever wanted to know about recycling in Davis. Check which days you’ll get trash pickup, what can go into your recycling cart and where to drop off items like batteries, medications and fluorescent bulbs.


The Yolo County Landfill continues to host its household hazardous waste collection days every Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bring your paints, cleaners, fluorescent bulbs, propane canisters and more for free drop-off.

Expired prescription and over-the-counter medications are also accepted, but controlled substances (morphine, Vicodin, codeine, etc.) are not. You can bring controlled substances to the Police Department for safe disposal.

For more information, visit, or email me at [email protected]

— Jennifer Gilbert is the city of Davis’ conservation coordinator; her column is published monthly.



Jennifer Gilbert



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