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Learn to be water wise in your garden

ENCINITAS — As part of its continued efforts to increase awareness of outdoor water use efficiency, Olivenhain Municipal Water District —in partnership with San Dieguito Water District, Santa Fe Irrigation District, San Diego County Water Authority, and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California — is hosting a workshop from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Sept. 23.

Attendance is free, although reservations are required. For more information or to register for this WaterSmart workshop, visit or call (760) 632-4641.

The workshop intends to assist residents in saving money on their water bills while maintaining a healthy landscape. Participants will learn how to design landscapes that are sustainable in San Diego’s climate, including how to make the best use of the region’s limited rainfall, irrigate efficiently and select the best plants for each yard. The instructor will also discuss composting, worm castings, rain harvesting, mulching, soil health, water pressure’s effects on irrigation, and tips and incentives to reduce outdoor water use.

“Our customers have done a very good job reducing overall water consumption over the last several years, and in light of current water supply challenges, we need to continue to strive for water-efficient landscapes at our homes and businesses,” stated Christy Guerin, Vice President on OMWD’s board of directors. “The workshops that we offer throughout the year provide customers with the tools and understanding to reduce irrigation runoff and water waste.”