California drought a major issue at annual Green Expo

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Aug 26 2014 01:05 PM | Updated as of Aug 26 2014 09:05 PM

IRWINDALE – The Green, Conserve & Health Expo of the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County showcased consumer gadgets, healthy alternatives and energy saving ideas to the Filipino community.

But the call for conservation has never been louder than this year with California in a state of drought and many cities saying they are running out of drinking water.

"We don't know if this is the third year of drought or is this the third year of a 10-year drought," said Wiggs Mendoza of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Mendoza, who manages special programs with the Metropolitan Water District which supplies water to all Southern California cities, promotes many of the States' incentives for Californians to save water.

"We have a lot of tools out there where you can conserve your water. For example, removing your turf, your grass, and if you remove that and replace it with artificial grass, artificial turf, metropolitan and it's member agencies will give you a $2 per square foot rebate on these turfs," he said.

Mendoza said there are a number of things Californians can do to save water from limiting time in the shower or on the sink, and cutting down on watering the lawn to place a bucket of water in the shower to use for gardens.

Filipinos believe it's always important to find new ways to conserve energy whether it's through new inventions or adjusting simple practices and in many of those cases, saving energy can also lead to saving money.

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