Future water scarcity and rising costs are a growing concern for all of us. ANCA (Accelerate Neighborhood Climate Action) is kicking off an ongoing, monthly educational program called “Resilient Living” with a workshop providing timely information on how to save water.

It will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Redlands Community Senior Center 111 W. Lugonia Ave.

According to ANCA volunteer and water engineer Richard Corneille, learning how to conserve more water is one of the most important things we need to figure out for the future.

“Climate forecasts for California,” Corneille explained, “say the future will grow increasingly hotter and drier, which means we all need to adapt to living with less water, even though it may not feel like a crisis yet.”

Corneille, who will be a speaker for the event, emphasized that the workshop, in addition to giving an update on the California water crisis and the forecast for our local water supply, will focus on practical and simple ways residents can save water both inside and outside the house and reduce their monthly water bills.

Corneille is vice president of the San Bernardino Water Conservation District board of directors.

Fernando Mata, wastewater operations superintendent for the city of Redlands, and Jasmine Orozco Clark, water conservation specialist, will be on hand to provide information every resident needs to know, including the city of Redlands’ rebate program for water saving devices, its free residential water-use analysis,

Redlands watering rules and restrictions, and the biggest potential for water savings — reducing irrigation demands.

Applications for rebates will be available at the end of the workshop. Register for the Save Water workshop on Eventbrite.

The intent of ANCA’s “Resilient Living” program is to provide up-to-date information on climate adaptation and mitigation strategies to help our whole community become more able to withstand the impacts of severe climate change.

It will include regular “how-to” and hands-on learning opportunities. Watch for upcoming events on drought-tolerant landscaping, shifting to a more plant-based diet, backyard gardening, composting, and much more.

Those who have expertise in any of these areas and would like to be considered as a presenter at an upcoming event or would like to help plan future workshops may contact ANCA at ancainlandempire@gmail.com.