PCWA “Mulch Mayhem” Event Moves the Masses by Ross Branch May 11, 2018 Member Submitted News AUBURN, Calif. – More than 240 households, and 300 yards of mulch, passed through the overflow parking lot at Sierra College during last weekend’s “Mulch Mayhem” event, sponsored by the Placer County Water Agency (PCWA). The agency partnered with the Regional Water Authority for the May 5 event, which promoted water-efficient landscaping through the donation of free mulch. “Mulch may be the most under-appreciated tool for water-efficient landscaping,” said Linda Higgins, PCWA’s Deputy Director for Customer Service. “By adding two to three inches of mulch to your landscaping, you can save 30 gallons of water for every 1,000 square feet, every time you water.” Customers arrived well before the 8 a.m. start time with cars and trucks lining El Don Drive as far as the eye could see. PCWA staff were on-hand to assist customers shovel mulch into large containers and garbage bags. For customers in trucks, PCWA used bobcats to load the truck beds one by one. It is estimated PCWA donated 300 yards of mulch over the span of three hours, enough to cover the area of two football fields or insulate around 7,200 trees. Cumulative savings equal 1,200 gallons each time these customers water. Mulch is like icing on a cake, keeping the soil moist the way icing keeps a cake moist. It slows evaporation, allowing water to sink into the soil, moderates soil temperature, and breaks down into nutrients for plants. As an added benefit, mulch also suppresses weeds and recycles yard waste into a valuable landscape material. For more information on efficient water use visit pcwa.net. ### About PCWA Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) is the primary water resource agency for Placer County, California, with a broad range of responsibilities including water resource planning and management, retail and wholesale supply of drinking water and irrigation water, and production of hydroelectric energy.