During week three, Don gave us a lesson on how much water you can save by making little changes:

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We jumped right into work on week two, but our students made it look easy:

Video Recap Week

August 15, 2011

Just two short months ago, TeamH2OWorks was gearing up for our kickoff. This week, we’re doing a video recap of each week, starting with the kickoff:

August 12, 2011

We know it’s important to plant native or adapted plants for three big reasons: they need less water, they require less chemical assistance (fertilizers and pesticides) & they save you money and time. Because native plants grow here naturally, they need much less water (once established, some can survive on our average rainfall) and are very hardy. Since you save so much water and you don’t need to buy chemicals to keep them healthy, growing these plants will save you money. And not having to pamper these tough, natural beauties also saves you a lot of time.

August 8, 2011

And the correct answer is… B – Remember not to water with sprinklers or irrigation systems from April Fools Day through Halloween in Dallas. If you don’t live in Dallas, please remember that many area cities have a year round prohibition against watering during these hours. Watering between 10 am and 6 pm is inefficient because so much water is lost to evaporation and wind. It also helps reduce your water bill in the long run because it reduces peak day demand on water treatment plants and infrastructure.

August 4, 2011

Gardeners in Community Development has been our partners for the last seven weeks. They’ve helped us learn about water conservation through gardening, now we’d like to help them! Vote for “Center for Growing People” (the second to last video)! They donate 7,000 pounds of food to the Food Pantry every year! Voting will help our partners win prizes to keep their mission alive!

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Can you dig it?

August 3, 2011

Reflecting on our work from week 1 digging out roots that suck up our precious water. Now that North Texas is in drought season, we’re glad we removed those roots when we did. Can you dig it?

What is vermicomposting?

August 3, 2011

GICD leaders Don and Becky dedicated all of Friday to teaching our participants how to save water through gardening. We learned about vermicomposting and its purpose, urban chickens, and rainwater harvesting.

Now our students are set to go forth as the next generation of water conservation stewards.

Thank You!

August 1, 2011

On Friday, we celebrated TeamH20Works’ hard work. Here’s a photo our team with their thank you gifts! Job well done students of East Dallas Boys & Girls Club and Samuell Grand Recreation Center!

On behalf of the City of Dallas Water Utilities and Gardeners in Community Development, thank you!