The Towbes Group has been awarded the 2012 Water Hero award for significant advances in saving water at their corporate office and Rancho Franciscan Senior Apartments. Through retrofitting their toilets and urinals to high efficiency models and installing new aerators at their corporate office, their monthly water use has dropped by 41%, which is about 8,500 gallons per month. Rancho Franciscan installed smart irrigation controllers and converted from sprinklers to drip irrigation for over 50% reduction in landscape water use!
Dennis Allen was named the City’s first Water Hero for his downtown LEED Platinum residential development, Victoria Garden Mews. The four-unit condo development, which he helped design, build, and now lives in, showcases many advances in water conservation such as high efficiency appliances and irrigation. The garden features water wise and native plants, fruit trees, and a vegetable garden, which are irrigated with rainwater from a 14,000 gallon rainwater “bladder” in the basement.