New ‘eGuide’ Offers Tips, Tools, and Inspiration for Living WaterSmart

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San Diego County residents now have a versatile and comprehensive, go-to resource for indoor and outdoor water conservation available at their fingertips wherever they go.

The San Diego County Water Authority developed the "eGuide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle" to inspire, educate, and empower homeowners to make water-efficient choices in their homes and gardens. The mobile, interactive guide is designed to reduce the obstacles between discovering interesting ideas - online, at a friend's house or in a store - and turning them into reality.

The free, 140-page digital flipbook reflects San Diego County's Mediterranean climate, along with its active, high-tech lifestyle. It is loaded with interactive features that allow users to share ideas on Facebook, electronically "pin" plant and garden photos for their followers, watch videos, and scroll through a library of eye-popping images. The online magazine includes plant finders, interactive maps, animated graphics, home and garden calculators, landscape design tools, and details about rebates and incentives. Each subject is fully linked to online resources, allowing users to quickly access additional information.

The "eGuide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle" covers a wide array of topics, including landscape design, water-efficient plants, outdoor rooms, finding and fixing leaks, healthy soil, smart buys on plumbing features, landscape maintenance and drought survival for gardens. It offers everything from design ideas for creating themed planting zones to strategies for using "graywater" at homes and irrigating efficiently. Features will be added regularly to reflect innovations and other developments.

Partial funding for the flipbook was provided by the Hans and Margaret Doe Charitable Trust. Nearly 50 specialists in plumbing, irrigation, gardening, and other topics contributed their expertise to the project.

Enter to Win a Rain Barrel by Subscribing to Receive ‘eGuide’ Email Updates

Everyone who subscribes to receive updates about new 'eGuide' features and related events by November 30 will be entered into a drawing for a rain barrel valued at more than $150. Flipbook readers can register using the pop-up box when they open the eGuide, or they can sign up anytime by clicking the blue "subscribe" tab on the right side of each page.

Please note:Once you enter your email you may subscribe to other areas of interest, but to be entered in the rain barrel contestyou must select the check box for the "Homeowner's eGuide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle (Residential)."

Resources:

 eGuide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle
News Release
WaterSmart Website

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