Over 115,000 square feet of sod replaced as part of water-saving campaign

Nearly 120,000 square feet of grass was replaced with water wise landscaping in Washington County, including this street median in St. George, Utah, Thursday.

Nearly 120,000 square feet of grass was replaced with water wise landscaping in Washington County, including this street median in St. George, Utah, Thursday. (Washington County Water Conservancy District, St. George News)



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ST. GEORGE — Over 250 volunteers across Washington County came out Thursday to rip up water-guzzling sod and replace it with more water-friendly landscaping in an effort to promote wiser water use.

Across the county and parts of the state, people clad in white T-shirts with "Flip Blitz" on them gathered at various spots in Ivins, St. George, Washington City and elsewhere to begin the process of sod removal and replacement.

"We're going around removing non-functional grass," Zach Renstrom, general manager of the Washington County Water Conservancy District, said while visiting the Washington City Cemetery where turf was being removed. "We're in the process of removing that and converting the landscaping to more desert-friendly landscaping."

An estimated 7,000 square feet of sod that sat alongside the road was removed from the Washington City Cemetery. Another 12,000 square feet of sod was replaced at Nisson Park across town.

Read the full article and view the photo gallery at St. George News.

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