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The Magazine of Santa Clarita June 2015 : Page 155

m ore than 200 c yclists p articipated in 2015 “B iKe to w orK d ay ” The 12th annual Bike to Work Day held on Thursday, May 14, was a big success with 25 local businesses joining the no-pollute commute. A total of 225 reported employ-ees participated in the event. Winners of the Bike to Work challenge included Hahn & Associates in the small business category; the Newhall School District at Stevenson Ranch Elementary School in the medium business category; and B&B Manufacturing in the large business category. Bike to Work Day participants were also entered into a local raffl e and won prizes in-cluding a KHS commut-er bicycle, high-quality cycling gear donated by Performance Cyclery and Bicycle Johns, gift certifi cates from Fire-house Subs, Chick Fil A, Peet’s Coff ee, Top-per’s Pizza, BJ’s Res-taurant and Brewhouse and Solita Restaurant, a one-month member-ship to the Paseo Club and more. Santa Clarita’s Bike to Work Day took place during National Bike Week, held Sunday, May 10 to Satur-day, May 16, 2015. The annual event prompts thousands of public and private employees statewide to join the no pollute commute by pledging to ride their bikes to work. For more information about Bike to Work Day, visit GreenSantaClarita.com. For addi-tional information about cycling in Santa Clarita go to BikeSantaClarita.com. H OM E & GAR D E N t he p erKs oF p ools by Ben Honadel I am sure everyone has heard that California is having a drought. Some people jump to the assumption that a fast and easy way to save water is to pass laws prohibiting the building and fi lling of swimming pools. Ironically it is just the opposite. Here is some water information from studies that the water companies performed. Fact: Pool and spas are not water wasters. In fact, a well-maintained pool or spa uses less water per day than an irrigated lawn. Most pool designs include more than just the pool itself; wooden or concrete decks also replace traditional landscaping and the need for water. 1. Filling pools takes up only a tiny fraction of a region’s one-day water usage. A recent study in the Sacramento region showed fi lling all new pools would result in less than fi ve percent of one day’s water use for the region. 2. Independent studies show that swimming pools use approximately half the amount of water a lawn uses in the same period. And when you add in decking and other “hardscaping” around the pool, spa or hot tub, the water savings is even higher! 3. Even building and fi lling a new pool requires less water than a lawn. On aver-age, water use, including fi lling, in the fi rst year a pool is installed is 26,250 gallons. An 800 square-foot lawn uses approximately 30,000 gallons per year. 4. Average water savings for fi rst year (including fi lling the pool): 3,750 gallons 5. Average water savings for subsequent years: 18,000 gallons Water districts should not pass restrictions that aff ect just one industry. When wa-ter districts propose regulations aff ecting just pool and spa owners, they are promoting a policy that will adversely impact just one industry. From builders to suppliers to main-tenance workers, the pool and spa industry is composed of local small, often minority-owned, businesses. Imposing such industry-specifi c regulations will put hundreds of local workers out of business and mean less money for local governments that rely on money from building permits. Please send questions and comments to info@PoolsbyBen.com. www.santaclaritamagazine.com • www.facebook.com/themagazineofsc June 2015 155

More Than 200 Cyclists Participated In 2015 "Bike To Work Day"

The 12th annual Bike to Work Day held on Thursday, May 14, was a big success with 25 local businesses joining the no-pollute commute. A total of 225 reported employees participated in the event.

Winners of the Bike to Work challenge included Hahn & Associates in the small business category; the Newhall School District at Stevenson Ranch Elementary School in the medium business category; and B&B Manufacturing in the large business category.

Bike to Work Day participants were also entered into a local raffle and won prizes including a KHS commuter bicycle, high-quality cycling gear donated by Performance Cyclery and Bicycle Johns, gift certificates from Firehouse Subs, Chick Fil A, Peet's Coffee, Topper's Pizza, BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse and Solita Restaurant, a one-month membership to the Paseo Club and more.

Santa Clarita's Bike to Work Day took place during National Bike Week, held Sunday, May 10 to Saturday, May 16, 2015. The annual event prompts thousands of public and private employees statewide to join the no pollute commute by pledging to ride their bikes to work.

For more information about Bike to Work Day, visit GreenSantaClarita.com. For additional information about cycling in Santa Clarita go to BikeSantaClarita.com.

Read the full article at http://virtualonlineeditions.com/article/More+Than+200+Cyclists+Participated+In+2015+%26quot%3BBike+To+Work+Day%26quot%3B/2020167/260279/article.html.

The Perks Of Pools

Ben Honadel

I am sure everyone has heard that California is having a drought. Some people jump to the assumption that a fast and easy way to save water is to pass laws prohibiting the building and filling of swimming pools. Ironically it is just the opposite. Here is some water information from studies that the water companies performed.

Fact: Pool and spas are not water wasters. In fact, a well-maintained pool or spa uses less water per day than an irrigated lawn. Most pool designs include more than just the pool itself; wooden or concrete decks also replace traditional landscaping and the need for water.

1. Filling pools takes up only a tiny fraction of a region's one-day water usage. A recent study in the Sacramento region showed filling all new pools would result in less than five percent of one day's water use for the region.

2. Independent studies show that swimming pools use approximately half the amount of water a lawn uses in the same period. And when you add in decking and other "hardscaping" around the pool, spa or hot tub, the water savings is even higher!

3. Even building and filling a new pool requires less water than a lawn. On average, water use, including filling, in the first year a pool is installed is 26,250 gallons. An 800 square-foot lawn uses approximately 30,000 gallons per year.

4. Average water savings for first year (including filling the pool): 3,750 gallons

5. Average water savings for subsequent years: 18,000 gallons Water districts should not pass restrictions that affect just one industry. When water districts propose regulations affecting just pool and spa owners, they are promoting a policy that will adversely impact just one industry. From builders to suppliers to maintenance workers, the pool and spa industry is composed of local small, often minorityowned, businesses. Imposing such industry-specific regulations will put hundreds of local workers out of business and mean less money for local governments that rely on money from building permits.

Please send questions and comments to info@PoolsbyBen.com

Read the full article at http://virtualonlineeditions.com/article/The+Perks+Of+Pools/2020169/260279/article.html.

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