Since November has been in the process of planting California-friendly or drought-tolerant plants around its administrative offices at 27500 La Paz Road at cost of $15,025.
Funding came out of the Replacement and Refurbishment fund, which is a capital improvement fund for existing facilities, said MNWD General Manager Bob Gumerman.
The project is 98 percent complete and the renovation costs include planting and irrigation, according to , who retires June 25.
"There are a few plants that were back ordered and the 'story board' is being constructed that will explain to ratepayers about drought tolerant (i.e. California Friendly plants) and their effective utilization in their landscaping projects," he said.
The story board will be located on the side of the walkway into the building.
"We're very pleased, now that we finally got it this far," he said. "The story board will explain why residents should consider these plants, and how they can save water by doing so."
While planting these plants is an attempt to save on irrigation and caretaking costs, there is another reason.
"Most important is that it will demonstrate to our ratepayers what the possibilities are when using California-friendly plants," Gumerman told
The MNWD uses recycled water for irrigation at its administrative office building. This is one of more than 1,200 recycled water connections in the MNWD. Currently, more than 21 percent of the annual water usage in the MNWD is recycled water, which extends the domestic water supplies for the region, and results in a cost-savings for the recycled water users, he said.
Recycled water is sold at 80 percent of the potable water rates.
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The following is a list of the plant materials that will be used:
Achillea Millefolium "Island Pink"
No Common Name
Anigozanthos Flavidus "Big Red"
Arctostaphylos "Emerald Carpet"
Arctostaphylos "Pacific Mist"
Pacific Mist Manzanita
Ceanothus Thyrsiflorus "Skylark"
Muhlenbergia Capillaris "Regal Mist"
Myrtus C. "Compacta"
Nandia D. "Gulfstrem"
Mexican Feather Grass
Phormiums Texax "Jack Spratt"
Phormiums Texax "Bronze Baby"
Woolly Blue Curls
Verbena Lilacina "De La Mina"
Cendros Island Verbena
Zauschneria "Summer Snow"
POT PLANTING (2 POTS)
Quantity for Each Pot
No Common Name