New Program Helps Water Conservation

6-16 rob web lawnASHLAND, Ore. — The city of Ashland is helping residents replace their lawns with drought resistant plants, all in an effort to conserve water.

This month, the city launched a new program in which approved applicants can remove their lawn, add drought tolerant plants and even low volume water irrigation units. When the work is completed, the city will give the resident a rebate. One project has already been completed with three more in the works.

Ashland water conservation specialists said a resident replacing their lawn can save between 20% and 70% on their monthly water bill.

“In the winter time we use about 1.5 million gallons of water per day and in the summer time we peak at around 6.5 to 7 million gallons per day and most of that is due to irrigation of landscapes,” said Water Conservation Specialist Julie Smitherman.

The new program has been in the works for a year, but similar programs are already in place in other states facing drought conditions. Ashland officials said this could be the first program of its kind in the state.

More information on the program can be found at ashlandsaveswater.org or on the city’s website.