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Quick Hits: Rebates offered for saving water

July 28, 2010

The Foothill Municipal Water District, which serves the La Cañada Flintridge area and neighboring communities, announced Wednesday it will give rebates for installing efficiency toilets, removing water-thirsty turf and using rain barrels to collect water for irrigation.

WaterSense-qualified high efficiency toilets with a capacity of 1.28 gallons per flush or less will qualify for the new toilet rebate of $50.

Up to $800 will be given to residents who remove their lawns and replace them with drought-resistant plants, mulch or hardscape.

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Residents can receive up to a $100 rebate per rain barrel for up to eight barrels.

Also offering rebates is the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which is providing rebates for high-efficiency clothes washers, weather-based irrigation controllers and rotating sprinkler nozzles.

Residents can find more information online at fmwd.com/conservation.aspx. Industrial or commercial customers can also receive rebates for water conservation through the Save A Buck program. For details, visit http://www.mwdsaveabuck.com.

Public safety theme for community event

Two local venues will host the 27th Annual National Night Out, set for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The event, sponsored by the National Assn. of Town Watch and overseen locally by the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station, will be at Memorial Park, 1201 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada, and in the parking lot of the Ralphs Fresh Fare at 2675 Foothill Blvd. in La Crescenta.

Sheriff's deputies and volunteers will be on hand to fingerprint children in a child identification booklet for their parents to keep. Free balloons and other gifts will be handed out, community members will be encouraged to sign up as neighborhood watch block captains, and information will be provided about home and personal safety.

According to National Night Out organizers, it is expected that this year's event will exceed the 2009 participation, which involved more than 36 million people in 14,625 communities throughout the United States.

Station fire recovery images to be shown

Corina Roberts, founder of the nonprofit group Redbird, on Aug. 4 will present images of the recovery of the Angeles National Forest in the wake of the Station fire during a free, public event at the La Crescenta Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta. The documentary will be shown from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

A resident and employee at the Mount Wilson Observatory when the fire broke out Aug. 26, 2009, Roberts stayed to witness the environmental changes the fire brought. To learn more about the forest recovery documentary, visit http://www.redbirdsvision.org, or call (805) 217-0364.

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