Transitioning to Low-Water Use & Drought-Tolerant Landscaping
In response to the historic drought conditions throughout the State and our region, the City Council enacted a Stage II Moderate Conservation Alert in February of 2014. The Stage II Alert employs common-sense water restrictions that are meant to save water.
The City's Public Works Department is working to set a good example by identifying locations where non-essential grassy areas can be transitioned to low-water use and drought- tolerant landscaping. Previously, the Public Works Department transitioned ten grassy areas with drought-tolerant plants and a more efficient drip irrigation system. In total, the City received $966,000 in rebates from the Metropolitan Water District and the Inland Empire Utilities Agency.
The Public Works Department is again participating in the Turf Replacement Program and has selected nine additional non-essential grassy areas to replace with drought tolerant landscaping and a more efficient drip irrigation system.
Current Locations Include:
- A portion of Cinnamon Park near Balsam Court
- A portion of Community Park near the baseball fields
- A portion of the grassy area along Peyton Drive on the southern side of the Community Center
- The monument section and several parkways at Hunters Hill Park
- The monument section of Butterfield Park
- A section of turf along Green Valley Drive
- The slope of Skyview Park near Parkview Terrace
- The grassy area adjacent to the Chino Hills Skate Park
- The grassy area across from English Springs Park along Village Center Drive
Past Locations Include:
- Each side of the driveway leading into Crossroads Park
- The west side of Skyview Park between Skyview Ridge and Olympic View Drive
- Hollow Run Park south of Bayberry Drive and east of Peyton Drive
- The south side of Chino Hills Parkway from Frost Avenue to Peyton Drive
- The medians on Glen Ridge Drive between Pipeline Avenue and Peyton Drive
- The medians on Rolling Ridge Drive between Chino Hills Parkway and Bayberry Drive
- The north side of Woodview Road, east of Peyton Drive
- Meadows Park along the parkway on Butterfield Ranch Road
- The north-west side of Eucalyptus Avenue, east of Rancho Hills Drive
- The top one-third of the slope at Veterans Park, and the parkway turf along Chino Hills Parkway, where a demonstration garden is planned
- Reduced Water Usage by 75 percent (approximately)
- Reduced Maintenance Costs by Over 30 percent (approximately)
The City of Chino Hills continues to be a leader in water efficiency and the use of recycled water. Each is part of the long-term efforts to save our most precious resource. We must all do our part! Turf replacement takes the City's efforts a step further in drought-proofing Chino Hills, reducing water use, and lowering long-term maintenance and water costs.