Thursday January 21, 2016
Learn how to turn yardwaste and kitchen scraps into wonderfully rich compost to use as a soil amendment or mulch in your garden. Discover the basics of backyard composting, worm composting and grasscycling. Become familiar with tools, techniques, and types of composting bins. All this knowledge on home composting can be gained at upcoming, free Home Composting and Worm Composting Workshops that will be held from March through June at locations in the City of Napa, American Canyon, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga. Napa County residents attending the workshop will have the opportunity to purchase a backyard composting bin for $20, (a significant discount from the retail value of $95-$130), or choose to receive a $30 rebate toward the purchase of a worm composting, bin, mulching lawnmower, or lawnmower retrofit. Interested persons see complete details and register now at www.cityofnapa.org/compost.
Tuesday December 15, 2015
The City of Napa Water Division has begun the annual Unidirectional Hydrant Flushing Program which will continue through March 2016. Flushing will take place in parts of north Napa, Browns Valley, Alta Heights, the Soscol Gateway, Napa Valley Corporate Park and Silverado Country Club service areas.
Despite the ongoing drought conditions, the flushing program is necessary. If we do not routinely flush our City water mains, water quality will degrade. When pipes are not flushed, sediment can build up, react with chlorine, and increase the potential formation of disinfection byproducts, as well as require an increased amount of chlorine to ensure that the water remains potable. It is estimated that the flushing program accounts for about one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of the City’s annual water use.
Tuesday September 29, 2015
Dr. Kenneth Hudnut, Geophysicist with the Earthquake Science Center in Pasadena, recently contacted the City of Napa to bring attention to a potentially hazardous after-effect of the South Napa Quake as the rainy season approaches. Dr. Hudnut reports that surface fault ruptures may be prone to erosion along fractures. As water from heavy rains enters cracks formed by the earthquake, these cracks can enlarge and lead to formation of visible fissures.
Thursday May 21, 2015
The City of Napa has enacted emergency drought regulations. Water customers are prohibited from water-wasting actions and violators may be subject to escalating penalties of $100, $200, and $500. Click on "Read more" for details.
UPDATED Thursday May 21, 2015
Napa residents can now put food scraps and food-soiled paper in the brown compost cart along with yardwaste. NRWS/NCRWS customers have been provided with a kitchen compost pail for convenience in the kitchen, but food scraps and food-soiled paper can go directly into the brown cart. All food scraps, including meat and bones, dairy, bread, fruit and vegetables are accepted. Food-soiled paper, coffee cups, paper towels and napkins, and coffee grounds, filters and tea bags should also be included. Food scraps typically make up over 25% of what households throw away. When you add other compostable items such as paper napkins, coffee grounds and paper cups, it’s easy to see how composting will significantly reduce what we send to the landfill.