05-09-22 | Association News

California Declared Emergency Water Measures

Outdoor Watering Restricted to One Day a Week
by Staff

California Metropolitan Water District of Southern California recently declared a water shortage and has subsequently restricted outdoor watering to one day a week. CLCA gives ways to cut back on water usage while still maintaining landscaping.

Recently, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) declared a water shortage emergency and subsequently ordered residents to "reduce nonessential water use" in parts of California like Ventura, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles counties.

California is dependent on water supplies in Northern California where the drought is just as extreme as the southern portion of the state. Water restrictions will take effect on June 1 when city's connected to the water district will be required to reduce outdoor water use or meet certain monthly limits set. If requirements are not met, they will be fined $2,000 per acre-foot for any water the agency supplied that exceeds the limits.


The California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) also has released drought recommendations to "help you make smart choices and protect the environment using your area's mandated water reductions."

CLCA recommends in order to overcome drought to mulch all flower and soil beds heavily, mow grass higher to promote deeper root growth and hold more moisture, aerate the lawn and fill the holes with compost so the water can infiltrate deeper, water trees first, and program your sprinkler time for multiple start times with run cycles about five minutes each.


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