The drought continues … and state regulators are getting serious. Today, they’ll consider $500 fines for anyone who is wasting water on landscapes, fountains, washing vehicles and other non-essential outdoor uses. According to the San Diego Union Tribue, the fines could be based on a sliding scale, with a warning for the first offense. The…

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The San Diego Union Tribune reported today that San Diego County water usage has increased – not decreased – since the Governor urged residents to cut back. California is suffering a severe drought, and though water restrictions have not been mandated yet, residents could face cutbacks in the very near future. “We’re going to the…

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As water conservation conversation grows across the nation, so do artificial turf in California installations increase. More and more homeowners and buisnesses are looking at “pretend grass” as a way to save water, money and time – and for good reason. An EasyTurf lawn can instantly save up to 70 percent of monthly water usage. That number translates…

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Wondering how to make your grass pet friendly? Spring is upon us – or for those out east, it’s getting close. We’ll spend more time in our outdoor living spaces, and so will our pets. Responsible pet owners will ensure their lawn is pet-friendly. If you already have an EasyTurf lawn, most of your cares…

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Your water rates are on the rise in 2013, 2014 and quite probably in the years to follow. The Metropolitan Water District announced the 5 percent increases for the next two years after weeks of argument and debate. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/apr/10/met-rejects-sd-plan-sets-higher-water-rates/?page=1#article Critics of MWD say the increase is to compensate for financial mismanagement. Approved rate hikes through…

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The Metropolitan Water Company proposed a 7.5 percent increase to your water rate for 2013 and an additional 5 percent for 2014 (http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/mar/13/metropolitan-delays-rate-hike-op posed-by-san-diego/). A vote on the rate increase has been scheduled for April. Since 2006, the water rate has increased by 75 percent! Despite the hike in cost, the district is short on…

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“While our latest drought is over, our state’s water supply system is still in crisis,” said San Diego County Water Authority Board Chair Michael T. Hogan just last week. With our region’s latest drought officially over, and water use restrictions for the area lifted last week, Hogan cautions: “We cannot forget that ensuring a safe…

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Experts Say Using Artificial Turf Will Mean Less Watering SAN DIEGO — Despite California’s drought being declared over and the lifting of local water restrictions, experts say more can be done to conserve. One adjustment thousands of Southern California residents have made is going green by replacing their real grass with artificial turf. Officials with…

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  Add Color to Your Backyard While Lowering Water Costs! Being water conscious doesn’t mean your backyard needs to be colorless and lack life. Sure hardscape can be beautiful and lower the maintenance of your yard, but this doesn’t mean you have to do away with all color! Watering and maintaining grass can consume your…

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