Our Home-Makeover & Water Conservation Project in the Chollas Creek Watershed region has just been nominated for a national award! The San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative, recognizing the project as a leading innovation in San Diego’s Climate Action and Water Conservation efforts, has submitted it to the The Atlas Marketplace, a digital platform that collects resilient infrastructure case studies from around the United States to serve as best practices for other communities. The Groundwork project is engaging scores of climate action ambassador- residents in the Chollas Creek Watershed. The project’s installations include:
- Rainbarrels for saving water and capturing potential run-off
- Drought tolerant trees providing greenhouse gas sequestration for air improvement and runoff reduction
- Greywater systems, with a savings of approximately 150 gallons per week per family, for landscape use and waste water reduction
- Earthworks for irrigation reduction and hardscape replacement for runoff reduction
- Faucet aerators, low flush toilets and efficient showerheads
Because water experts advocate for large rainbarrel installations (400 gallons or more) to achieve maximum benefits, residents have been willing to accommodate the largest available. Below is resident Irma Williams with a 450 gallon rainbarrel!