Napa City Update
Napa City Update

Napa City Update


Tap Water Day Open House on Saturday, May 12

Water plant tours aren’t just for fifth graders anymore! On Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, the City of Napa opens the gates to its state-of-the-art Edward I. Barwick Jamieson Canyon Water Treatment Plant at 270 Kirkland Ranch Roach, just off Highway 12.

At this first “Tap Water Day” Open House, the community is invited to see the equipment, processes, and people that convert raw water from the Sacramento River Delta into clean, safe drinking water for several Napa Valley cities. Tours of the facility will start every 20 minutes, including an up-close look at the laboratory and advanced control system.

Browse banners in the filter gallery will display the historical milestones that led up to today’s modern water system. View a running slide show of our other major water facilities. See a display of the various pipes in the underground distribution system. Check out a large system map, ask questions of our engineers, and learn the value of tap water compared to other consumer products.

Tap Water Day is a family event. Our water conservation information booth will be on hand to greet arrivals. Children can win water-themed prizes playing our “Knock Out Water Waste” ball toss game. Light snacks and beverages will be available, including water, of course—in a giveaway sports bottle.

And you can’t beat the bay view from the top of the hill. No registration is needed for this free event. Just stop by anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.. Plenty of parking is available.

May is Watershed Awareness Month. Tap Water Day Open House is just one of many local activities demonstrating the critical role of watersheds. For a full list, visit

Bay-Friendly Garden Tour set for Sunday, May 20

Napa Valley’s seventh Bay-Friendly Garden Tour takes place on Sunday, May 20 from 10 a.m to 4 p.m, as nine beautiful resource-efficient Napa gardens showcase natural techniques that reduce waste and pollution. Tour participants will encounter eye-catching drought-tolerant plants, pollinator habitat, vibrant lawn-free outdoor entertaining spaces, rainwater harvesting, rain gardens, recycled art, and chickens.

With our highly variable precipitation patterns, doing more with less water is a key theme, as is building healthy soils with compost. The tour features a large variety of colorful plants that thrive in our Mediterranean climate, with four of the host gardeners having earned “Cash For Grass” rebates from the City after removing unneeded high-water-use turf.

Participants will also benefit from three mini-workshops with topics including rain barrels, pollinator-friendly gardening, and sheet mulching. The half-hour sessions begin at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m, and 2:30 p.m. at designated host gardens. While eight of the tour stops are private residences, one fire station is also included to show that bay-friendly is not just for home gardeners.

Participants must purchase a tour guide brochure that acts as the entrance ticket for all nine gardens. Featuring garden descriptions and addresses, map, workshop locations, and other special instructions, the brochure costs $5 for each adult. The event is free for children. Through noon on Tuesday, May 15, brochures may be ordered online at

In-person sales are available at the Napa County Resource Conservation District (RCD) office, 1303 Jefferson St., Suite 500B, through Friday, May 18. On tour day itself, brochures may be purchased in Napa at Fire Station No. 3, 2000 Trower Ave.

This year’s tour is once again sponsored by the City of Napa, Napa County RCD, and UC Master Gardeners. It is inspired by Bay-Friendly Landscaping & Gardening, a program of ReScape California (, a nonprofit coalition of home gardeners, landscape professionals, and local governments that promotes practices that work in harmony with local watersheds. Five of the gardens on this tour were designed or installed by Bay-Friendly Qualified Professionals.

For more details on the tour, visit or call (707) 252-4189 ext. 3117.

Napa City Update is provided by the City of Napa as a public service to residents.


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