MWDOC Unveils OC’s Newest Conservation Garden by Municipal Water District of Orange County Jun 27, 2023 Member Submitted News Coronet Watersmart Conservation Garden is located in the heart of Westminster, California, at 15252 Oakcliff Drive. A vibrant, diverse community, Westminster’s City government, and its citizens have long-embraced water-smart landscaping and have welcomed the transformation from lush green lawns to thriving drought-tolerant yards and public spaces that save water, time, and money. In 2018, Westminster residents joined together to pledge to be more mindful of their water use through the annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. For their outstanding participation, the City was named the most water-wise city in Orange County for collecting over 9,500 pledges from residents committing to reduce the City’s water use by 38.2 million gallons over a year. To honor and celebrate their achievement, the Wyland Foundation and Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) awarded the City a water-smart garden makeover to serve as a community model for water-efficient landscaping. The garden, delayed due to the COVID-19 shutdown, provides visitors with a living example of replicable landscaping strategies that save water, reduce pollution runoff, and reflect the beauty of Southern California’s native plants, trees, and wildlife. Utilizing available rebates and working with a diverse mix of partners, 5,011 sq. ft. of thirsty grass was removed from the existing five-acre Coronet Park and replaced low-water use trees, plants, grasses, water-efficient irrigation, permeable landscape materials, and naturally occurring features that capture and store water and reduce harmful runoff. The completed project is expected to save 235,517 gallons of water yearly over existing usage. To learn more about this dynamic, interactive public landscape transformation project, visit https://www.ocwatersmartparks.com/westminster.