Dalton, GA (PRWEB) February 10, 2014
California residents are being urged to reduce water consumption on a voluntary basis by twenty percent after state officials announced that they were not going to provide additional water services for over half the residents of the state on January 31.
This announcement came on the heels of Gov. Jerry Brown’s declaration of a drought emergency, with more than a dozen communities in danger of running out of water before summer. Gov. Brown encouraged residents to “take shorter showers and turn the water off when brushing your teeth.”
Drought conditions are predicted to “persist or intensify” through at least April in parts of 17 U.S. states, according to the Climate Prediction Center at the National Weather Service. Many of those states are located in the Southwestern region of the country.
Lake Mead, the reservoir created by the Hoover Dam, has dwindled to some of its lowest levels ever. According to the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Reclamation, water levels are more than 120 feet below capacity.
Fed by the Colorado River, Lake Mead is a source of water for much of the Southwest, as well as an energy provider for Southern California and parts of Arizona and Nevada. Water levels are projected to drop at least 20 feet in 2014, according to a recent New York Times report.
Water rationing is voluntary in some areas, but as drought conditions worsen, it could become mandatory. That means no car washes, and no water for lawns or landscape irrigation. These measures could force homeowners to rethink the way they maintain their yards and green spaces.
Here are four ways to drought-proof your yard:
Southern California’s Metropolitan Water District is recycling sewage effluent, giving away high-efficiency water nozzles and subsidizing items like artificial turf. Several states in the region offer tax rebates for home owners who install synthetic turf lawns and landscapes.
Any sports fan would know that synthetic turf has come a long way over the years, and now looks more natural than ever. Companies like Synthetic Turf International (STI) specialize in providing synthetic turf for residential and commercial uses that looks and performs like natural grass that could save 99,000 gallons of water each year for an average lawn of 1,800 square feet. The SoftLawn product from STI requires virtually zero maintenance, can be easily maintained with a leaf blower and is made from 100 percent biodegradable or recyclable materials. Considering the average homeowner spends 150 hours a year maintaining his lawn, you can save a lot of time and money by going synthetic. Examples of synthetic lawns can be found at http://www.synthetic-turf.com.
If you’re tired of maintaining your yard when the mercury soars and the rain stays away, it might be time to adjust your planting strategy this spring to make your yard naturally resilient. Most drought resistant improvements are good for the environment too, allowing you to feel good while you also save yourself time, money and effort.
About Synthetic Turf International
Headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, Synthetic Turf International (http://www.synthetic-turf.com), a division of Controlled Products, produces the highest quality synthetic turf in the industry for every possible application. Sustainability, innovation, research, the ability to customize deliverables and the use of advanced, state-of-the art technology are key priorities for the organization. Established in 1989, Controlled Products is an ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 company. As a founding member of the Synthetic Turf Council (STC), and a STC Certified Manufacturer/Supplier, their expertise is unmatched in the industry. Their synthetic turf products are currently in use in thousands of athletic fields, playgrounds, landscape projects, golf courses and indoor sport facilities throughout the world. To learn more, visit http://www.synthetic-turf.com, call (800) 405-7455 or contact the company at 200 Howell Drive, Dalton, Georgia 30721.