California Drought – Update 8/4/14
This past February we announced our effort to conserve water as we face one of the most severe droughts on record. Governor Brown declared a drought State of Emergency in January and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for water shortages. We believed it was our responsibility to begin our own conservation program as per our notice both mailed to customers and posted on our website.
On July 29, 2014, an emergency regulation to increase conservation practices for all Californians went into effect. The new conservation regulation targets outdoor urban water use. Despite our efforts this year we only achieved a 15% reduction, falling short of our 20% goal, mostly due to the extreme temperatures of June and July. Normally we can count on the June gloom of overcast days but this year we seemed to have skipped those days and the sun has been shining all summer long.
To increase our reduction by another 5% we are looking to change out certain areas of our landscaping that will require much less watering. This will occur over the next several months. In addition, we will adjust our watering schedule in order to maintain the grassy areas at a minimum.
We ask for your cooperation by understanding the challenge ahead of us. We are committed to maintaining a park of beauty and agree there is a certain expectation to each of you as you enter those gates on Western Avenue. As we work towards establishing an acceptable threshold, you have our guarantee we will remain focused on what is best while also compliant with new water rationing levels.
Recently the Daily Breeze ran an article on how some businesses are coping with the reduced requirements. Below is a direct link for your convenience.
Green Hills Memorial Park Drought Response – February 2014
Despite the recent rainfall, California is currently experiencing a three-year drought and now our governor has claimed the situation as an emergency. January we saw temperatures averaging between 75-80 degrees and requiring us to water our grounds according to summertime schedules.
Governor Brown is urging for 20% reductions. We believe Green Hills Memorial Park has a responsibility to do what we can to conserve water. It is a fine line between applying enough water to keep plants alive while keeping water usage within reason.
With minimal watering we may experience patches of brown in some areas. We will do our best to understand the complexities of plant survival versus water consumption. The winter season flowers we have planted may be affected with the warmer weather and expire earlier than usual. Some trees and plants are confused and already trying to bloom thinking spring has arrived. All of these components have created a new challenge for our grounds maintenance team.
We will not be perfect but you have our word we will continue to work hard and monitor weather forecasts so adjustments can be made as necessary. Let’s all wish for a very wet February, March and April and allow conditions to return to normal.
Additionally, this drought also pertains to our water usage at home. Below are a few basic tips you may consider to add to the overall conservation effort
• Check faucets and pipes for leaks
• Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators
• Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush
• Plant drought-resistant lawns, shrubs and plants
• Water during the early parts of the day; avoid watering when it’s windy
• Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks
Thank you for your understanding and support!
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