One of the problems homeowners in desert and drought areas face is maintaining any semblance of a lawn. What doesn’t dry up in the heat can die because local water bans prevent homeowners from saving their grass.
Going green only starts with one person: you. There are so many different strategies to conserve water, the one we’re going to talk about is changing your landscape. Installing artificial turf lawn will completely reduce the amount of water you use on watering. Of course you’ll still water your plants and flowers but think about how much less water you’ll use on your lawn. It’s an eco-friendly idea and saves thousands of gallons thus reducing impact and saving clean drinking water.
Ever thought about the reason we waste thousands of gallons just to water a lawn?
Drought Tolerant Artificial Grass’ New Legislation
California’s historic drought has continued for many years now, and many legislators are now looking into updating old laws regarding artificial turf. Historically, installing artificial turf was not always easy for homeowners. There were many provisions surrounding the installation process, and some locales were flat-out banning artificial turf. Metropolitan code, HOAs, as well as various other ways of oversight have protected homeowners. Recently, California State Assembly member Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) has been pushing for drought solutions and water savings. Through Assembly Bill 1164, which declares a state of urgency for the drought, Gatto has sought solutions to this potentially devastating problem. If passed, AB 1164 would forbid a city, or region from passing or implementing any type of statute that forbids the setup of artificial turf on property.
Climatologists predict a strong El Niño this winter and some Californians are hailing it as the end of the drought – and of their water conservation efforts. However, it’s too soon to celebrate just yet, and here’s why:
You see it every day, California drought. Hear it everyday, California drought. Sixty percent of California is in “exceptional drought” and unfortunately, it does not appear that there is a high chance of that condition being alleviated this winter.
Kevin Werner, the western regional climate services director at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says, “groundwater has been significantly, and in many cases, severely depleted and that fact is unlikely to change even if we get a normal rainfall year.”