City workers in Folsom are busy digging holes in a median on a busy street near the outlet stores. They're prepping the ground for planting drought-tolerant shrubs. The city has intentionally let the grass here turn brown and die, but the trees are still alive... and crews are rolling out drip irrigation lines for them.
The project is part of Folsom’s plan to reduce water use by 32-percent under the state’s mandatory drought regulations.
"We're already at 32-percent now before these projects," says Lorraine Poggione, manager of Folsom's landscape services division. "So we're pretty hopeful and pretty confident that we'll be able to achieve that."
Poggione is also hoping the projects will prompt homeowners to tear out their lawns.
By July, the city plans to convert its 31 medians and save about a million gallons of water.