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RAGLM Board > General Discussion > Watering???
7/16/2014 9:47:41 PM
WMWD ProgramReply: BillB
Are you aware that WMWD has a plan that will pay you to rip out your lawn and replace it with rocks and native plants? A friend here in Gavilan Hills received $5,000 and wound up with a very nice and esthetically pleasing front yard sans grass.

Personally, I can't understand why anyone wants grass. Dirt, rocks and native plants are much more natural than a lawn that needs to be watered, fertilized and constantly mowed. If done right, it even looks better.

I never had a lawn, so I couldn't take advantage of the WMWD program, but if you are blowing your water budget keeping your yard green, it might be worth looking into.

7/16/2014 4:18:19 PM
California Water GestapoReply: Hugh
The Water Gestapo is asking your neighbors to fink on you. If they believe you are being a naughty homeowner and using too much water they can 'turn' you in to the Gestapo and you will be dealt with severely. From what  I've read the fine can be as high as $500 per day - but most likely wouldn't for a 'first' offense. 

Certainly, we have a water shortage problem. But the real shortage is not all due to the drought. The majority of our problem is special interest, environmental wackos and government bureaucracy. They would rather save a little 2" fish even if it means depriving farmers, businesses, homeowners and everyone else. 

Third or even fourth on the list of dealing with the shortage problem is requiring water companies to repair their leaking lines and water valves - which accounts for 10% of all wasted water in California. 

Cities. municipalities and many businesses 'waste' more water than all homeowners put together (I said 'waste', not use). You've seen it, it's raining and the sprinklers are still running all over town. Broken sprinkler heads not fixed for days, spewing gallons upon gallons of water down the drain. A broken fire plug bellowing 100's of gallons a minute goes unfixed for hours.

The home or property owner is not the problem. But California want's to put the problem on our shoulders before taking care of their own misuse of our precious water. 
7/16/2014 1:13:39 PM
New water regulations in our area!Reply: Nathan
Where WE Are:
At today's WMWD board meeting, the State Water Board voted (last night) to move on mandatory restrictions, this may put us "WMWD" into their stage 2 conservation phase.

What It Means For Us:
As of August 1st, State regulations go into effect. Right now stage 2 means watering on odd/even days or only x days of the week. The good news is that because WMWD uses a tier rate structure, then they do not fall into the mandatory regulations as the state already calls that some sort of "active conservation plan" not 100% on the term here please forgive me.

What Could Happen:
They discussed reviewing the sage 2 restrictions. At the August 20th board meeting, the board will review a new contingency plan proposed by staff for stage 2 regulations.

WMWD Regulations and Restrictions
7/16/2014 12:03:45 PM
Watering???Post: Dog Gal

any guidelines for our area?  do we have water police?

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