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Yakima Public Works using native plants in city landscapes to conserve water

Photo courtesy of City of Yakima

YAKIMA, Wash. - The city of Yakima is focusing on water conservation through new landscaping designs around town.

The installation of irrigation lines and plants that require little water have been going up around the city's Public Works Division, located at 2301 Fruitvale Blvd., the city announced Monday.

A $63,500 grant through the Bureau of Reclamation is covering costs for the new effort, sponsored through the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan.

The city previously installed grant-funded landscaping at the east side of 2nd Street from Yakima Ave. to Staff Sgt. Pendleton Way in the spring of 2018. Assistant Public Works Director David Brown said this project will reduce water consumption by about a third.

Brown says the purpose of the projects is not only to conserve water, but to also show the community an alternative to grass and plants that require a lot of watering.

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