(Big Bear Lake)– Good deeds should be rewarded. That’s the sentiment behind the North Shore Trading Company’s first ever “Go Blue-Get Green” water conservation drawing to be held next month. The drawing will be held August 31 for a $100 gift card to the store. Local residents and homeowners just need to bring their bill to the business between now and August 30 to show they have saved at least 25% over last year’s use for the same summer months. North Shore Trading Company is located at 39130 North Shore Drive in Fawnskin next to the post office.
Jim and Janet Dooley, owners of the North Shore Trading Company, approached the Big Bear Lake Department of Water (DWP) about finding a way to reward the customers who are conserving the most.
“We want customers to save water and they want to support outdoor recreation, which can be negatively impacted by the drought through wild fires, a loss of wildlife habitat, low lake levels and more. Working together with local businesses to support those who save water is a win-win,” says Sierra Orr, DWP’s Water Conservation and Public Information Specialist.
“We stopped watering our little patch of grass in the front of the store this year and though, admittedly it was hard to let it go at first, we recognize that conserving those resources for the community is so much more important than a green lawn,” said Janet Dooley. “As a business we rely on the recreational opportunities that this valley provides and those recreational opportunities rely on water. The drought affects us in so many ways if we just stop to think about it,” expanded Jim.
With the support of the Big Bear City Community Services District, the DWP and North Shore Trading Company hope other local business get on board. “We would like to have more than one drawing and keep it going throughout the summer,” added Orr. Any business wishing to participate should email Conservation@BBLDWP.com.