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San Bernardino, Calif. (March 21, 2019) – San Bernardino residents may notice a refreshing change of scenery at public spaces around the city this spring. At Wednesday’s regular meeting, the Mayor and City Council of the City of San Bernardino approved awarding construction contracts for water efficient landscape renovations at Feldheym Library and in public street medians along Broadmoor Boulevard.
Encompassing more than 130,000 square feet of landscape, the two projects are the first of four locations identified by the City’s Water Department and Public Works staff as part of a plan developed to benefit the community from a water conservation and aesthetic perspective.
The renovations come as welcomed improvements to existing median landscaping after Broadmoor residents voiced the need for more efficient irrigation, and colorful drought tolerant plants, during community workshops held in December of 2018. Similarly, the landscape plan approved by the San Bernardino Public Library Board last fall was designed to feature colorful California-native and low water use plants. After the outdoor renovations are complete, the library’s landscape will also serve as a water-saving demonstration garden, offering onsite educational resources for visitors interested in learning more about sustainable, low maintenance landscaping.
City of San Bernardino Mayor, John Valdivia, commented on the landscape improvements, “These renovations will cut down on maintenance and bring an updated look to our medians and the library. The new designs will show residents that drought tolerant and low maintenance can also mean lush and inviting.”
The conservation projects are funded as a result of a recycled water settlement agreement between the City of San Bernardino Municipal Water Department, East Valley Water District, and the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District. Pursuant to the settlement agreement, each water agency agreed to contribute $500,000 for a total of $1.5 million in project funding for water efficient landscape improvements in the City of San Bernardino.
“Valley District is pleased that the City is pursuing these two projects,” commented Valley District Board President T. Milford Harrison. “The projects will not only save water, but will improve the value of our communities by being aesthetically pleasing as well as demonstrating alternatives to traditional turf.”
“We are proud to partner with the City of San Bernardino and Valley District to create new and vibrant landscaped areas for our residents,” said Chris Carrillo, East Valley Water District Chairman. “Through the cooperation of public agencies, we can achieve projects like this that provide benefits to our communities and inspire conservation of a precious resource.”
Toni Callicott, Water Board President for the City of San Bernardino Municipal Water Department spoke on the Water Department’s goals for the planned projects, “The City’s Water Department is committed to water conservation and stewardship of our natural resources. Implementing these conservation improvement projects will enhance our City’s public spaces while promoting water use efficiency to our customers and residents. By showcasing the beauty and the advantages of sustainable, water efficient landscapes throughout the city, we can also inspire our community to incorporate similar landscaping at home.”
About San Bernardino Municipal Water Department
Established by The City of San Bernardino Charter in 1905, the San Bernardino Municipal Water Department is a retail water utility serving a population of more than 200,000, encompassing a forty-five square mile area of the City of San Bernardino and its surrounding communities. SBMWD also provides water reclamation services for the cities of San Bernardino, Highland and Loma Linda as well as Sewer Collection services for the City of San Bernardino. For over a century, SBMWD has been committed to delivering trusted, quality service to residents and ratepayers. Please visit www.sbcitywater.org for more information.
About East Valley Water District
East Valley Water District was formed in 1954 and provides water and wastewater collection services to more than 100,000 residents within the City of Highland and portions of both the City and County of San Bernardino. EVWD operates under the direction of a five-member elected Board. More information is available at www.eastvalley.org
About San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District
Valley District is a State Water contractor that provides supplemental water to 13 retail water agencies from Rialto to Yucaipa, meeting the water needs of over 700,000 business and residential customers. In addition to providing supplemental water from Northern California, Valley District is responsible for long-range water planning throughout its 350 square mile service area, including importing supplemental water, groundwater management, and wastewater and storm water disposal. Please visit www.sbvmwd.com for more information.
Water Conservation/Public Affairs Coordinator
San Bernardino Municipal Water Department