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 By Liz Block    Local News    May 27, 2017

The Potty Awards!

I’ve been running low flow toilet replacement programs in Tehachapi Valley since 2014. The programs are almost over, and now is the time to heap...

 
 By Liz Block    Local News    May 13, 2017

Want wildflowers?

Fire clearance season comes early this year, and the sound of mowers and weed whackers echoes off...

 
 By Liz Block    Local News    April 1, 2017

Toilet rebate program ending

Don’t make me send this money back to the State! The Toilet Rebate Program so many of you participated in (thanks!) is financed through a State...

 
 By Liz Block    Community    March 18, 2017

Spring is Springing

Abundant rain and snow are greening the hillsides and vacant lots. Spring comes early in a Mediterranean climate. California (except for our deserts)...

 

Is the drought over?

I’ve used the analogy before about our water supply being like a bank account. Much of the savings account, the already overused water stored...

 

Snow, the other water

I had a tough time coming up with a title for this article. I wanted to go with “Winter is Here” but only other Game of Thrones fans would get...

 

How to make a difference

I’m not very philosophical, so I always appreciate when others present ideas in a way that helps me think about stuff. One of the aspects of Social...

 

Sustainable water supply?

I was really excited to see most of the Tehachapi City Council candidates list water issues and aging infrastructure among their top concerns. TCCWD...

 
 By Liz Block    Community    October 1, 2016

Irrigation to off

This morning I stepped out my door and immediately turned back inside to grab a jacket. It seems like Fall is here, and we’ll be turning the clocks...

 

Turf Removal Rebate Can Cover Cost of New Landscape

Maybe you thought about removing your lawn and putting in a low water use landscape with financial...

 
 By Liz Block    Community    August 20, 2016

The Dirt Yard

Wherever I drive in our beautiful valley, I’m forever looking at landscapes. Lately I’ve noticed an increase in yards that have opted for that...

 
 By Liz Block    Community    August 6, 2016

Lawn Rebates Still Available

We’re getting to the really hot part of the year, and lawns everywhere are getting that golden glow. Don’t panic! Fescue grass has a strategy to s...

 
 By Liz Block    Community    July 23, 2016

Get some life into your life

Here at Tehachapi-Cummings County Water District (TCCWD), we’ve been very actively promoting the State Department of Water Resources Turf...

 
 By Liz Block    Community    July 9, 2016

July is Smart Irrigation Month!

The drought continues, and smart homeowners everywhere are asking for help with their irrigation systems. To celebrate Smart Irrigation Month, we are...

 
 By Liz Block    Community    June 25, 2016

It's Ok to Water Trees

Trees are having a tough time right now because of the drought. Nobody knows better than residents of Bear Valley Springs and other forested areas....

 
 By Liz Block    Community    June 11, 2016

Consider Water

Water is amazing. We tend to take it for granted, turn on the faucet and out it flows. Flush the toilet and away it goes. Put your glass under the ice...

 
 By Liz Block    Community    May 28, 2016

How We Ended Up With Lawns

Clothing fashions come and go. Did you know that there are landscape fashions too? For example, in the 1630s, “tulip mania” swept the...

 
 By Liz Block    Community    April 30, 2016

Drought or not?

I was at a home earlier this week doing a consultation for the homeowner who wanted to remove some lawn and take advantage of the turf removal...

 
 By Liz Block    Community    January 9, 2016

Drought update

Governor Brown’s executive order (November 13, 2015) will continue emergency drought restrictions another year if drought conditions persist...

 

Holidays equals great eating!

When families and friends get together to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other mid-winter festivals, what is it they gather around? Most of us...

 

Got green?

I was at a home earlier this week doing a consultation for the homeowner who wanted to remove some lawn and take advantage of the turf removal...

 

An El Nino Winter

Meteorologists at NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association) have stated they are 95% sure we will have an El Nino winter. We can expect...

 

Plants are people, too!

I don’t really mean that, but it caught your attention, didn’t it? What I hope to help you understand is that plants have their own set of...

 

Lose the lawn Rebates are here!

If you’ve ever thought about changing out your lawn for a waterwise garden NOW is the time! The State Department of Water Resources (DWR) opened...

 
 By Liz Block    Community    August 1, 2015

How about those toilets?

The Low Flow Toilet Direct Install Program is winding to a close. That’s the program for City of Tehachapi residents that included free toilets and...

 

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