National Geographic recently posted a wise article on ways to replace your lawn with water-saving plants and other alternatives so that you don’t use as much water during this extreme Californian drought. Here is the list that they created to help you and your family save water in your home… ”
- Astroturf– Made famous on sports fields, synthetic grass, or astroturf, is becoming an increasingly popular choice for homeowners, from California to Virginia. A lot of research has gone into the material in recent years, to make it softer underfoot and to reduce the temperature it achieves under intense sun.
- Groundcover– Instead of grass, a wide range of ground covers can be used to keep out weeds and reduce erosion, which would otherwise be a problem if people suddenly ripped out their grass. Alternatives include rocks and mulch, some of which can be locally sourced. Crushed shells are popular for properties near a beach. Sand also is an option, particularly for those going for a Zen garden look.
- Native plants– Many traditional nurseries offer plants that are native to a local area. Native plants are adapted to the local climate and require little or no watering to thrive, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. [They] also can provide habitat for local birds, mammals, and insects. They typically earn points for green certification systems like LEED or can help homeowners achieve a “wildlife friendly” designation from their state or a nonprofit.
- Drought-tolerant grasses & shrubs– In addition to native plants, homeowners also can choose from a wide range of drought-tolerant grasses and shrubs from around the world. Examples include lavender, sage, kangaroo paw, and tea tree.
- Desert plants– People can exchange grass for such water-sippers as succulents and cactus. These plants are often widely available at nurseries, and they can be kept in pots and moved indoors during colder months in cooler climates. They can be used in large numbers or as accents. “
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5 Water-Saving Ways to Replace Lawns During California’s Drought. National Geographic. May 21, 2015. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/150521-turf-terminators-xeriscape-california-drought-tolerant-lawns-water-savings/
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The headline of the Union Tribune San Diego on Wednesday read “Sweeping Water Cuts Ok’d,” meaning that, “for the first time in the state’s history, [the] board imposes mandatory conservation rules amid drought.” The rest of the article reads…
“HIGHER WATER RATES: The state’s required cuts in water use will result in an estimated loss of more than $500 million in sales by water agencies. The water districts are expected to make that up by raising rates on customers.”
“REDUCTION TARGETS: Water agencies must cut back by 8 percent to 36 percent, with agencies that had the lowest per capita water use facing the smallest percentage reductions and those using the most water having the biggest cuts.”
“PENALTIES: Water districts could be fined $10,000 per day if they don’t meet the mandated targets, but the state is stressing conservation over fines. Gov. Jerry Brown also recently suggested $10,000 fines for the worst water wasters.”
“In a sweeping action that could lead to the browning of lawns and shorter showers across California, state regulators approved mandatory water cuts Tuesday of up to 36 percent for cities and towns in the drought-ridden state. The 5-0 vote by the State Water Resources Control Board follows Gov. Jerry Brown’s unprecedented order last month that the state reduce its overall water usage by 25 percent. The vote followed a report on meager water savings in March by California’s cities and towns — 3.6 percent statewide compared with two years ago — despite more than a year of dire warnings by Brown and others about the shrinking supply. Along with imposing water cuts, the board prohibited the use of potable water on public street medians. It also banned using drinking water outside newly constructed homes and buildings, unless delivered by drip or microspray irrigation. The package of restrictions is expected to go into effect May 15 and last until February. Officials said the conservation mandates could get tougher next year depending on how long the drought persists. “This is the best we can do in the short run,” said Felicia Marcus, the water board’s chair. “The whole point of this is dealing with an unprecedented emergency.” It’s expected that water districts will increase customer rates to make up for more than $500 million in estimated lost revenue because of reduced water sales. The state left it to the districts to figure out how to conserve. Agencies that don’t meet the state mandates face the prospect of $10,000-per-day fines, though the state panel has emphasized its goal is conservation, not fines. The mandatory cuts range from 8 percent for water districts with the smallest per capita water usage to 36 percent for those with the highest, including in Rancho Santa Fe, Fallbrook, Olivenhain and Valley Center. The city of San Diego’s Water Department faces a 16 percent reduction.”
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