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Water Smart Landscape Makeover Complete


Date: May 14, 2004
Contact: Beth Davis, JCSA Environmental Education Coordinator

Phone: (757) 253-6859



Television Program to Air on JCC Channel 48 and Cox Cable Channel 74


(James City County) May 12, 2004 - Let's be Water Smart is pleased to announce the winner and recipient of its Water Smart Landscape Challenge: Carter and Michele LeBlanc-Piche` of Neal's Grant. The LeBlanc-Piche`'s answered the following contest question of "How have you applied Water Smart principles in your home or garden?" by describing innovative water conservation techniques such as placing an herb garden at the downspout of a rain gutter, attaching a PVC pipe to the air conditioning unit as a means to water their gardens, using hardwood mulch around trees, and maintaining their grass at a height of two to three inches to eliminate the need for constant watering in order to conserve water while producing a beautiful home landscape. "We have always been environmentally conscious and have utilized Water Smart principles when making our landscaping decisions and in choosing our plants, trees and shrubs," described Michele LeBlanc-Piche`. Unfortunately, the damaging effects of Hurricane Isabel in September of 2003 completely destroyed their water smart landscaping efforts.


On Saturday, April 24, 2004, the LeBlanc-Piche's received a free Water Smart landscape consisting of water conservation practices such as native, drought tolerant plants, drip irrigation along with a weather satellite tracking system and back-up rain sensor, straw mulch, mulched nugget paths, and proper turf management techniques from the area’s premiere design, landscape, nursery, and irrigation companies that are partners in the Water Smart program.  Accent pieces included a flagstone walkway, an entrance arbor, bird and squirrel houses/feeders, pathway lighting, and a Water Smart garden flag.


Participating Water Smart partners were: Basnight Land & Lawn; Belden Landscapes; Cooke's Gardens; Crafter's Market in the Outlet Mall; Heart's Ease Landscape & Garden Design; Henderson, Inc.; Precipitation Unlimited, Inc.; Smith Turf & Irrigation; ServiceMASTER LawnCare of Williamsburg ; Turf Care; Turf Love; Virginia Cooperative Extension & JCC/W Master Gardeners Association; Vista Lighting; Waltrip Recycling; and Wild Birds Unlimited. The companies who have joined as "partners" recognize the benefits to using Water Smart principles when establishing landscapes. The fifteen local companies and their participating personnel are being recognized by the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Stewardship Virginia Program with certificates of appreciation signed by Governor Mark R. Warner and W. Tayloe Murphy, Jr., Secretary of Natural Resources, for their efforts in conserving and enhancing Virginia's lands and waters and ensuring the health of our environment for present and future generations.


"Not only did the LeBlanc-Piche`'s receive a great new landscape makeover, the television program produced will also serve as an educational tool demonstrating how to create a beautiful Water Smart landscape," stated Beth Davis, JCSA Environmental Education Coordinator. The landscape makeover will appear on television in a program to be aired on James City County Channel 48 and Cox Cable Channel 74. Cox Cable Channel 74 broadcast dates and times are listed below:


  • May 20 - 9:00 p.m.
  • May 25 - 7:00 p.m.
  • June 2 - 7:00 p.m.
  • June 6 - 4:00 p.m.
  • June 12 - 7:00 p.m.
  • June 20 - 4:00 p.m.
  • July 1 - 7:00 p.m.
  • July 3 - 6:00 p.m.
  • July 12 - 7:00 p.m.


"Let's be Water Smart" is a public/private water management initiative of the James City Service Authority. The goal of "Let's be Water Smart" is to promote responsible water usage in James City County. Visit for indoor and outdoor water conservation tips, upcoming events, and to join the forum message board where you can post questions and comments and correspond with local Water Smart partners. For more information about the Let's be Water Smart program, contact Beth Davis, Environmental Education Coordinator, at (757) 253-6859.


From May 1 to September 30 of every year, JCSA customers are under Ordinance No. 116A-34 to help the County manage water demand during the hot summer months. Under the Ordinance, JCSA customers may use water outdoors for any purpose, at any time, on any day, as long as it is with a container or a hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle. The hose must be attended at all times. Any other method of outdoor water use, such as automatic irrigation systems, sprinklers, or hoses without automatic shutoff nozzles, must follow the Outdoor Water Use Schedule, which is based on your street address. JCSA customers may use water outdoors before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. for odd addresses on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays and even addresses on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Monday is reserved as a recovery day. Citizens with private wells and customers of Newport News Water Works are encouraged to follow the odd/even schedule to help avoid excess peak water demand. For more information, visit, call the Outdoor Water Info Line at (757) 259-4152 for a recorded message, the JCSA Environmental Education Coordinator at (757) 253-6859, or JCSA Customer Service at (757) 253-6800.


Before - walkway leading to porch.
Before - area after damage from Hurricane Isabel prior to WaterSmart landscape installation.
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After – Water Smart Landscape Challenge complete



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