City of Carlsbad resident Claudia Kuepper has been honored as a winner of the annual California-Friendly Landscape Contest, which recognizes San Diegans who achieve water conservation through water-efficient landscaping. Claudia, a professional landscape designer who specializes in water-wise gardens, was recognized after she installed a water-saving landscape design to her yard that reduced her water bill by 50 percent. She replaced all of her yard’s turf grass with plants suitable for a semi-arid climate, converted most of the yard’s irrigation to a drip system, and installed four 50-gallon barrels to catch rainwater for later use.

The California-Friendly Landscape Contest is held annually by water agencies in San Diego County to showcase attractive landscapes that use less water than conventional turf-heavy ones. Contest entries were judged on curb appeal, landscape and irrigation design, and environmental considerations.

The Carlsbad Municipal Water District, a subsidiary of the City of Carlsbad, serves about 85 percent of the city. For more information visit www.carlsbadca.gov.