Three water conservation seminars set for new locale

March 13, 2015

Highly-popular workshops move to Public Works building

PROSPER – Three water conservation seminars, learning opportunities that have already proven to be extremely popular with residents, will be offered by the Town at a new location, says Tristan Cisco, Water Conservation Education Coordinator.

“Previous water conservation seminars have been highly-rated by Prosper residents,” she said. “The free information-sharing sessions provide invaluable tips and techniques that can be implemented fairly easily and cheaply. And, they can result in significant savings of both money and water.”

While the seminars’ topics may be familiar to residents, the location may not be. In previous years, the seminars were offered at the Community Library, whereas this year, the three seminars will be conducted at the Public Works office, 601 W. Fifth St., just west of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail line. The seminars are all scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude at 8:30 p.m. Parking is plentiful at the location.

The seminars include “Saving from a Rainy Day, Making a Rain Barrel.” That highly-popular seminar is scheduled for Monday, March 30. “This particular program covers the basics and benefits of rainwater harvesting and the effects
storm water has on the environment,” said Cisco. “Participants will learn how to collect and utilize rainwater at home and have the opportunity to construct their very own 55 gallon rain barrel.”

“Lawn Care Maintenance” is scheduled for Monday, April 27. This seminar looks at ways to eliminate weeds and diminish brown patches in yards and landscaping. “Proper lawn care maintenance is a key component to a healthy
lawn,” she said. “This program covers basic lawn maintenance practices and selecting the right turf grass to improve the health and longevity of your landscape.” Attendees will learn how to maintain their landscape using less water, fertilizer, and fewer pesticides.

On Monday, May 18, “Smart Watering during Restrictions” will be offered. There is a fairly high probability that some type of watering restrictions will be implemented this summer, and this program will give a general overview on
drip irrigation; new water-conserving technologies; cycle and soak; lawn care during drought; foundation watering; tree watering; irrigation scheduling; and rainwater harvesting.

“The seminars are free, but we do require registration because of they fill up very fast, and we want to ensure there is adequate room for participants,” added Cisco. To register for any of these free seminars, residents should visit http://www.prospertx.gov/WAVE.aspx.

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