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EBMUD board rejects offering rebates to switch from grass to fake turf

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Saying it might cause more harm than good, East Bay water officials Tuesday rejected the idea of giving homeowners a break for ripping up live grass and replacing it with plastic turf -- drought or no drought.

Despite the potential to save water, the East Bay Municipal Utility District board unanimously opposed a proposal to give rebates of up to $1,250 to switch from live to artificial grass.

Board members noted concerns of environmentalists that the push for synthetic grass would produce more waste at landfills, reduce habitat for bugs and birds, kill valuable microbes in soil, heat surface temperatures and reduce water percolation into the earth.

Read the full story here: http://www.dailydemocrat.com/general-news/20150728/ebmud-board-rejects-offering-rebates-to-switch-from-grass-to-fake-turf/1


Keeping up with the Joneses' drought-friendly yard boosted MWD's tab for rebates

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

When it came down to it, the number crunchers at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California knew they saved a lot more water for every dollar spent subsidizing low-flush toilets than drought-friendly lawns.

But there was one thing the MWD planners didn't bank on when they threw an unprecedented $340 million into persuading residents to tear out their lawns: The value of one-upping your neighbor.

They said it contributed to a rush of rebate sign-ups that, in a matter of weeks, exhausted all the turf removal funds for the rest of the year — and provided an unexpected lesson in social engineering.

Read the full story here: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-turf-rebate-psychology-20150729-story.html#page=1


California Drought Renews Focus On Capturing, Recycling Stormwater

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

California’s drought has placed a renewed focus on capturing stormwater and recycling in ways that could transform the state’s urban areas.

The first stop was the largest nursery in Southern California, Altman Plants, but it wasn’t for the plants. It was to see how one of the Los Angeles-area’s biggest water users was able to cut water use in half.

Production manager Jesse Perez showed how Altman Plants is so huge and needs so much water that the company decided to install not one, but three reservoirs in September. It’s all part of an ambitious, and so far highly successful, plan to recycle water.

Read the full story here: http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2015/07/28/california-drought-renews-focus-on-capturing-recycling-stormwater/


Local water providers encourage you to go blue, and get green

Big Bear Lake, CA

Monday, July 27, 2015

Good deeds should be rewarded. That’s the sentiment behind the North Shore Trading Company’s first ever “Go Blue-Get Green” water conservation drawing to be held next month. The drawing will be held August 31 for a $100 gift card to the store. Local residents and homeowners just need to bring their bill to the business between now and August 30 to show they have saved at least 25% over last year’s use for the same summer months. North Shore Trading Company is located at 39130 North Shore Drive in Fawnskin next to the post office.


Public Eye: Nearly 1 in 10 gallons of water disappears in Sacramento

Monday, July 27, 2015

Nearly 1 in 10 gallons of water vanishes as it flows through pipes and mains in Sacramento’s antiquated drinking-water utility system.

That’s an estimate. No one really knows for sure how much water is lost. Almost half of the city utility’s nearly 126,000 residential connections don’t have meters tracking and tallying how much they use. Because of this, there’s no way of precisely knowing how much water goes missing because of leaky pipes, loose connections, theft or at city hydrants.

Officials at Sacramento’s Department of Utilities aren’t the only ones in the region guessing at the percentage of the water that disappears from municipal pipes.

Read the full story here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/investigations/the-public-eye/article28714390.html

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