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As mandatory water restrictions appear likely for San Diego County, water officials take action. As such, they have launched a public awareness campaign program. It’s designed to help residents alert neighbors of wasteful water habits. Seems like this could also be a reminder of the water wise benefits of artificial grass!

The public awareness campaign is another call to action for Southern California. Homeowners must be diligent in finding ways to reduce water consumption. This according to San Diego backyard Adventures, an authorized supplier of NewGrass synthetic lawn.

The San Diego County Water Authority is distributing 1.75 million door hangers. They contain a checklist of wasteful yard-watering practices on one side. The other has tips for saving thousands of gallons of water.

So the water authority’s door-hanger campaign targets wasteful watering. However, many California water agencies recognize NewGrass® as a solid water-conservation measure.

An estimated 750 square feet of fake grass conserves 22,000 gallons of water per year. Furthermore, California officials estimate up to 70% of a family’s water use is landscaping. Using alternative landscaping, that much water can be saved with an artificial lawn.

“The bottom line is that an artificial turf cuts water consumption, while also providing an environmentally friendly and safe lawn for the family and for pets,” said Fred Espinosa, whose Smartscapes of San Diego is another authorized NewGrass distributor.

San Diego is not alone in its concerns over water, of course. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed a drought state of emergency Feb. 27th. As a result, Californians were asked to reduce water use by 20 percent. If not, they will face mandatory cutbacks down the road.

Larry Reno of NewGrass Landscape & Design, said concern for water conservation is increasing. And he should know. Larry has authorized NewGrass installation teams in both San Diego, Los Angeles and Greater Bay area.

“Even in today’s very tough economic times, people are realizing something has to give when it comes to having a safe, green lawn and saving water,” Reno said. “The rebate programs can sure help.”

Water Wise Benefits of Artificial Grass

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, offer a rebate for artificial grass. Also, the Family of Southern California Water Agencies offers the same rebate. Residents receive 30 cents for each square foot of artificial grass installed for replacement or new construction..

Some Southern California cities directly issue rebates for synthetic grass. This is in lieu of residents applying to the Water District. These include:

  • Anaheim
  • Beverly Hills
  • Burbank
  • Compton
  • Fullerton
  • Glendale
  • Long Beach
  • Los Angeles
  • Pasadena
  • San Fernando
  • San Marino
  • Santa Monica
  • Torrance.

Residents may wonder if the conservation effort is worth it, but the numbers don’t lie.

Because home irrigation systems usually operate in the early morning or late evening, many homeowners may not notice problems. This according to the San Diego Water Agency.

“These door hangers are a positive means for neighbors to help neighbors save water,” said Maureen Stapleton, general manager of the San Diego County Water Authority. “It gives residents a convenient way to alert their neighbors to a potential outdoor water wasting problem. These could be things like a leaking sprinkler or an irrigation system left on during a rainstorm.”

Mandatory conservation is still very likely this year because 2009 follows two critically dry years. Also, 2009 continues to receive below-normal rainfall and snow pack. In addition, severe regulatory restrictions on water deliveries from the State Water project also remain in effect. Keep in mind, the state water project provides 30 percent of San Diego County’s water supply.

To get information about local conservation tips go to www.20gallonchallenge.com. There are so many water wise benefits to artificial grass. Contact NewGrass today and let us help with your green space.

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