Davis-Woodland Schools and Parks Water Conservation Projects Plan
The City of Davis, in coordination with the City of Woodland, Davis Joint Unified School District and Woodland Joint Unified School District was granted funding from the Water Resources Association of Yolo County to identify water conservation opportunities in Davis and Woodland schools and public use areas. Through a competitive Request for Proposal process, landscape architectural consultants Melton Design Group (MDG) were chosen by a representative group from the four agencies and hired by the City of Davis to evaluate potential sites for water conservation and identify opportunities for improvements and funding.
The final project plan includes a project description, water conservation improvements, estimated cost of construction and grant funding opportunities for each priority project. The final plan will allow the participating agencies to more easily apply for grants for priority water-conservation projects by having a design, description, and cost estimate in place for each project. The projects can also be broken down into smaller, more manageable areas and the cost estimates adjusted by the size of the project and the amenities included. The grant funding list will aid the agencies in prioritizing which grants are the best match for each individual project.
Public Facilities & Parks
Davis maintains 485 acres of landscaping across 36 parks and 55 miles of greenbelts and streetscapes. To reduce water usage in these areas, the Parks & Community Services Department has replaced damaged, aged and poor performing sprinkler heads with new, low-flow heads. New SMART controllers have been installed and many irrigation controllers have been upgraded with flow sensors and master valves. The City’s irrigation crew estimates the overall water savings due to system upgrades to be 30%.
Water Conservation Workshops
The City offers water conservation workshops with topics including rain water retention, lawn conversion, irrigation systems, grey water systems, water-wise landscaping, and more. Past workshop presentations and videos can be found on the water conservation workshops page.