The State Water Resources Control Board, responding to pressure to relax water rationing from June 2015, is allowing water districts to set their own conservation targets based a projected additional three-year dry spell.
An important caveat: the state will have oversight and each district will be required to submit a monthly water use report. And, if projections are found to be unrealistic, there could be a return to state regulations.
The water picture for Northern California is quite different from Central and Southern California. Sections of these areas remain parched. The US drought monitor reports that 90 percent of the state remains in a drought. See map. In fact, there are some communities whose supplies of water are limited.
Emphasis on Long Term Planning
The message was a sobering reflection on California’s future reality, in that it is likely to include more frequent drought years. The Governor underscored the need for effective long term drought planning.
Irrigation and Other Landscape Rebates Are Available!
*State of California Residential Turf Replacement Rebate
About the program: The California Department of Water Resources is offering rebates to single-family homes throughout the state who replace high water-using turf grass with landscapes that require little water. The State will rebate $2 per square foot of turf removed, with a cap of 1,000 square feet, for a maximum rebate of $2,000 per household to applicants who reside in the service area of agencies that have not offered turf rebate programs. The total rebated amount, including any rebates the homeowner has already applied for from another agency, can’t exceed a total of $2 per square foot.
Only the State* residential turf replacement rebate program is mentioned on their website.
EBMUD declared an end to the drought emergency on May 10, 2016.
State outdoor water use restrictions are suspended effective July 1, 2016.
Some restrictions will be folded into our permanent rules.
Current outdoor watering rules
The following outdoor watering restrictions are in place until June 30, 2016. Some of these restrictions will be folded into permanent rules.
Residential customers – see State Turf Replacement Program* (See above)
The following property types qualify for six listed rebates below:
The district reminds customers that the following restrictions are still in effect:
Commercial and Multi-Family
NMWD (North Marin Water District)
List of requirements on website. http://www.nmwd.com/pdfs/conservation/2016/Smart%20Controller%20Rebate%20Form%20FY16%20010116.pdf
Option 1 – Local “Cash-For-Grass” Turf Replacement Incentive
NMWD is offering residential customers a cash incentive for removing automatically irrigated lawn area in their landscapes and replacing with District approved, low water use planted landscapes.
Option 2 – Single Family Homes can opt for the State Program*
Residential and Commercial
Water Smart Landscape Rebate –
The following upgrades are eligible:
Commercial Turf Conversion – evaluated on a case by case basis. It depends on the size of the property.
Santa Rosa Water Agency
Irrigation Efficiency Rebate: up to $100.00* for qualifying equipment/hardware
Irrigation Efficiency Rebate: up to $1,000.00* per meter for qualifying equipment/hardware
*Rebate cannot exceed the cost of materials. Rebate amount excludes labor. Cash for Grass and Irrigation Efficiency Rebate cannot be issued for the same treated area.
OR customers can utilize the state rebate program* (see above)
*Rebate cannot exceed the cost of materials. Labor is not included in rebate amount. Cash for Grass and Irrigation Hardware Rebate cannot be issued for the same treated area.
Special Water Management Rebate – for dedicated irrigation meters
City of Petaluma
Smart Irrigation Controller for Commercial, Industrial and Institutional accounts as well as Multi-Family Residential accounts up to a $900 rebate
Residential customers can take advantage of state turf replacement program* (see above)
Their rebate program is on hold and expected to resume July 1st.
Contact Gardeners’ Guild for help in navigating through the sometimes confusing rebate process and also, ideas on water efficient landscaping as well as efficient irrigation spray, drip systems and “smart” irrigation controllers.