Free Landscape Handbook Now Available in Spanish by Rachel McGuire Nov 5, 2018 Member Submitted News RIVERSIDE – Western Municipal Water District’s (Western) new handbook, the SoCal Yard Transformation guide, is now available in Spanish. The landscaping guide is free and available to Western customers, as well residents throughout the Santa Ana Watershed. The Spanish version was developed in response to the more than 1.5 million Hispanic/Latino residents in the watershed region. This landscaping guide offers full-color illustrations and covers topics such as water, planning, soil, planting, utilizing native plants, irrigation, and sustainability. It was written by experts in an easy-to-understand manner and includes a dose of humor. Assisting local homeowners to strive for sustainable water use, the SoCal Yard Transformation English and Spanish versions provide important recommendations on how to create permanent water-saving landscape changes. With California’s cyclical drought conditions, homeowners now have a helpful guide to adapt their yard to be water wise. “With such a significant demographic of Spanish-speaking residents within the Santa Ana Watershed, we wanted to provide a version of the book for those who prefer to read in Spanish. We want our Spanish-speaking residents to know that upgrading their landscape doesn’t have to be expensive or troubling, but rather it can be fun and rewarding in surprising ways,” said Pam Pavela, Western’s water resources specialist, handbook editor and co-author. “Adjusting your home’s landscape can increase your property value and save money on your water bill.” SoCal Yard Transformation’s seven simple chapters break down everything that homeowners need to know to create a lasting transformation: Water: Where it comes from, how it gets to the tap, and the true cost to the customer Planning: A simple guide on how to design a water-efficient landscape Soil: The foundation of all landscapes, and the life it contains Planting: The who, what, where, when and why of planting and care of plants Natives: Why these plants are important Irrigation: How to irrigate efficiently, covering topics such as scheduling, troubleshooting, and how to make improvements Sustainability: Creating a holistic, long-term landscape The book was made possible by the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality, and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 84). The handbook can be picked up at Western’s office at 14205 Meridian Parkway in Riverside. For more information, or to request your own copy, please call 951.571.7100 or visit wmwd.com and search “SoCal Yard Guide”.