Unsettling news is coming in from East Porterville, California, where some families have lost access to running water due to the severe drought conditions afflicting the Golden State. Residents in East Porterville that rely on water from underground wells are now resorting to using donated bottled water for drinking and cooking, and gathering water from large tanks in their yards for bathing and cleaning.
This news, coupled with the string of wildfires that have hit California this year, is opening many peoples’ eyes to the fact that just turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth and taking shorter showers is not going to be enough to get California through this drought. It’s going to take a concerted effort by homeowners and business owners to reduce water consumption at a larger scale, and the easiest place to start is by reducing, or stopping altogether, the watering of lawns and outdoor landscapes.
The State of California agrees and is pushing for land owners to take advantage of turf removal rebates that work to cover the costs of switching out natural lawns and landscaping with artificial grass.
In addition to conserving water, installing artificial grass comes with the benefits of:
- More free time for homeowners (no mowing, yard work)
- Extra cash in hand (lower utility bills, no landscaping bills)
- A beautiful lawn all year long
This multi-year drought facing California isn’t just a problem for those people living on the West Coast. It’s also quickly becoming a problem for the entire nation as California’s Central Valley is responsible for producing the majority of the United States’ produce. And as wells run dry, and the state puts restrictions on the farmers’ abilities to water their crops, we’re going to see an increase in the cost of food and the effects of the loss of jobs that come with farms shutting down altogether.
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