By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
August 27, 2014
IRWINDALE, Calif. – The Green, Conserve, and Health Expo is an annual tradition for the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County.
It features consumer gadgets, healthy alternatives, and energy saving ideas to the Filipino community.
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 if this is the third year of a ten year drought,” said Wiggs Mendoza of Metropolitan Water.
Mendoza, who manages special programs with the Metropolitan District which supplies water to all Southern California cities, promotes many of the state’s incentives for Californians to save water.
“We have a lot of tools out there, where you can conserve your water,” said Mendoza. “For example, removing your turf, your grass – and if you remove that and replace it with artificial grass, artificial turf, Metropolitan and its member agencies will give you a $2 per square foot rebate on these turfs.”
Mendoza says there are a number of things Californians can do to save water, from limiting time in the shower or at the sink, cutting down on watering the lawn, to placing a bucket under the shower, and using the collected water in gardens.
Filipinos believe it’s always important to find new ways to conserve water and energy whether through new inventions or adapting simple practices that can also lead to saving money.