Can a simple workshop on water really change people’s behavior — and save them serious money? A graywater workshop basically did the trick for Louisa Aronow and her husband in Redwood Valley. According to the Ukiah Daily Journal,  “The household is now using about 33 gallons per person per day, a whopping 27 gallons under the limit currently recommended by the Redwood Valley Water District.” (via Ecopalooza)

The Redwood household achieved this conservation feat mostly by storing the free rainwater that falls on their roof and making the garden drought-tolerant. And if you live in Los Angeles, you’ve got serious incentives to do the same. First, there’s the tougher water regulations that went into effect earlier this year. Then there’s the offer for free rain barrels and installation from the city to encourage residents and business owners to make use of free water that falls on their roof.

A Redwood Valley family's water-smart lifestyle serves as an inspiring, can-do story for Californians.

Now, the city’s offering FREE California Friendly Landscape Workshops (PDF) for LADWP customers. “Learn effective ways to care for your lawn and conserve water through low maintenance, affordable landscaping practices,” announces the LADWP’s press release.

The classes will take place:

>>Saturday, Aug. 8, 4030 Crenshaw Blvd., Baldwin Hills

>> Saturday, Aug. 15, 14401 Saticoy St., Bldg. #3, Van Nuys

>> Saturday, Aug. 22, 1350 S. Wall St., Downtown

>> Saturday, Aug. 29, 1350 Sepulveda Blvd. West Los Angeles

All workshops run from 8 a.m. to noon. To RSVP, fill out a contact form for the LADWP or call (800)544-4498 and press 5.

Photo: Anika Malone