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Water districts offer free workshop

ENCINITAS— As part of its continued efforts to promote outdoor water use efficiency, Olivenhain Municipal Water District is hosting a workshop March 8 to assist residents in saving money on their water bills while maintaining a healthy landscape. The district is offering the workshop in partnership with San Dieguito Water District, Santa Fe Irrigation District, San Diego County Water Authority, and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive.

This workshop introduces a holistic approach to landscape design and maintenance that emphasizes water-use efficiency. 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 choose the best plants for each yard.

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

Residents who have already installed a water-efficient landscape are encouraged to enter OMWD’s California-Friendly Landscape Contest. This contest offers a $250 prize for water-efficient landscapes that can inspire others to reduce their outdoor water use. The deadline for entries is April 7. More details are available at