Learn how to cut down your water bill this weekend

Cut down on your water bill by landscaping with less-thirsty plants.

It’s called xeriscaping, an edible plant that can also be used as a natural pest repellent in your garden.

Studies have shown that practicing xeriscaping can reduce the average single family home’s total outdoor water consumption anywhere from 30 to 80 percent.

As a way of giving back to its customers, the Board of Water Supply is putting on a free, family-friendly event every year as a way to teach people how to save water outdoors by incorporating xeriscaping concepts at home.

The 25th Anniversary of the Halawa Xeriscape Garden at the Unthirsty Plant Sale will take place on Saturday, August 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be a special re-dedication ceremony for the Halawa Xeriscape Garden which will include live music by Jerry Santos of Olomana, the Royal Hawaiian Band, and an unveiling of a Heritage Garden.

The event will also include various workshops such as rain barrel catchment systems, aquaponics, Bokashi composting, and container gardening.

There will also be keiki games, keiki garden planting, educational booths, delicious food and a free mulch giveaway.

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