EBMUD offering prizes for best conversions to drought-tolerant landscaping | News

“These landscape conversions give the earth what it needs — native and drought-tolerant plants — and give our customers what they need — a welcoming space to commune with nature,” Towey said. “We are thrilled to celebrate our landscape conversion heroes, especially with the California drought hanging in the background.”

This is the second I Heart My Garden Photo Challenge. In 2018, more than 80 customers entered the inaugural competition and winners were featured in EBMUD publications, including Customer Pipeline, and EBMUD social media channels.

This year’s winners will receive prizes, such as an EBMUD award-winning book, “Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates,” a feature on ebmud.com and on EBMUD social media channels, and two free tickets to the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek.

The utility provider is adding two new contest categories: HOA Superstar and Business Superstar. The new categories reinforce the fact that all customers play a role in conservation, whether they are renters, homeowners, homeowners’ association members or businesses.

EBMUD data shows that nearly 30% of drinking water is used by customers to water outdoor gardens.

EBMUD offers rebates for replacing turf with drought tolerant plants and upgrading to efficient irrigation equipment. Depending on the size, shape and microclimate of a landscape, customers can save hundreds to thousands of gallons of water each day by switching from nonnative grass to native or drought-tolerant plants.

The agency offers inspirational photos, rebates for various aspects of a conversion such as installation of drip irrigation, coupons for mulch, virtual and onsite landscape audits, and a bevy of how-to videos, all at ebmud.com/rebates.

Rebates reward residential customers with up to $2.50 per square foot for turf replacement up to $2,000 in credit on their water bills, and businesses up to $15,000.

For the contest, there is no time limit on when the conversion occurred, but it had to happen within EBMUD service area. EBMUD water conservation experts will select a top winner for each of five categories: Most Inspiring DIY (Do It Yourself), Most Colorful, Most Dramatic Change, HOA Superstar and Business Superstar.

Full contest rules are available at ebmud.com/IHeartMyGarden. Follow EBMUD on Facebook and Twitter for contest updates and winners to be announced in October.

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