Cities pass water conservation guidelines

A recent survey funded by the Association of California Water Agencies and state Department of Water Resources provided insight regarding the public’s opinion on California’s water crisis. Out of 1,200 survey participants, the overwhelming majority (81%) stated that they felt California is suffering an ongoing shortage, even if we receive normal amounts of rainfall. Slightly more than 25% considered this to be a “crisis” while just over half of the survey participants said that this is a significant problem.
The survey participants were from a range of geographic locations including Sacramento, San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles. The $468,000 funding from the Association of California Water Agencies and state Department of Water Resources will go towards public outreach and education, by showing how every-day people can conserve water. Some cities, such as Santa Cruz, California are taking matters into their own hands by passing more strict measures in terms of irrigation or landscaping. Instead of installing an inefficient irrigation system, people are suggested (and sometimes required) to install efficient versions-such as drip emitters.
Also, in an attempt to lower water needs, many water districts and other related agencies have been promoting the installation of water efficient landscaping. Some water districts even provide rebate funding for removing high water use plants, such as lawn or turf grass, and replacing it with native plants that use significantly less water.
Other factors included in these water conservation measures include geographic locations where certain plants are prohibited. For example, some cities have banned grasses from being planted on any slopes greater than 5% in new housing developments. Not only does this prevent water runoff, but it also helps reduce the amount of contaminants that enter our waterways. For more information regarding water conservation programs in your area, contact your local water district or water purveyor.
Brian O’Neill


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