In August, Bank of America announced water conservation efforts to transition traditional landscaping at six of its banking centers in Southern California to fully drought-tolerant landscaping known as xeriscaping. The pilot builds on existing water management efforts currently in place at more than 100 other Bank of America properties across the Southland that have partial xeriscaping.
This week, a Bank of America spokesperson tells Environmental Leader that the xeriscaping transitions will be completed by the end of this year and the anticipated water savings estimate has increased from 3 million gallons to 5 million gallons.
The before and after from the Chino, California, location show:
- Removal of lawn grasses and the introduction of native and adapted plants, which require less water and are more capable of withstanding drought conditions.
- Flower beds mulched to reduce the need for extra watering.
- Modification of irrigation systems to more efficient drip delivery or micro-emitters.