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April 4, 2023

California’s Water Crisis: Landscaping Tools to Combat Water Conservation Issues

California is known for its beautiful coastline, sunny weather, and diverse culture, but it is also infamous for its water scarcity issues. The state has been facing severe droughts for several years, resulting in water shortages and strict conservation measures taken by both local and state levels of government. California’s water crisis has prompted the state to take drastic measures, including implementing proper irrigation tools, to combat the problem.

One of the main reasons California has struggled with water conservation is due to the state’s arid climate. The state’s water supply relies on snowmelt from the Sierra Nevada Mountains. However, the snowpack is diminishing with global warming, resulting in less water flowing into the state’s reservoirs. California’s rapidly growing population and agriculture industry also demand severely limited water resources. Unfortunately, this combination of factors has resulted in a water crisis that has required immediate attention from the State of California to combat these growing concerns.  

California has been forced to implement several measures to conserve water to address this issue, including restrictions and regulations on local municipalities and the state. These restrictions include limits on outdoor watering and requiring low-flow toilets, showerheads, and faucets. Additionally, the state has established a Water Efficiency Rating System (WERS), which rates the water efficiency of buildings, landscapes, and appliances. The WERS program helps identify areas where water conservation improvements can be made and provide guidelines for improving water efficiency.

Benefits of the WERS program 

Increased Property Value:  

Building owners participating in the WERS program can use their efficiency score to demonstrate their commitment to sustainable water conservation. This can help increase their property’s value, making it more attractive to potential buyers or tenants. Also, certain local municipalities have provided homeowners with incentives beyond the state’s commitments to ensure this movement becomes a collective effort. (Check with your local city government to see if they have an incentive program for residents in place). 

Reduced Water Bills: 

The WERS program can help building owners and occupants reduce their water bills by identifying areas where water can be saved. This can be achieved by installing more efficient fixtures, appliances, and landscaping tools sold at Unison Supply – Lawn and Arborist Depot. 

Environmental Benefits: 

The WERS program helps reduce the water demand in California, which is vital for preserving the state’s natural resources. By using water more efficiently, buildings can help reduce the overall water demand, which is essential for protecting the environment.

Traditional irrigation methods such as flood irrigation and overhead sprinklers have proved inefficient, leading to water waste through evaporation and runoff. Methods such as drip irrigation use a network of tubes, emitters, and connectors to slowly and precisely deliver water to the soil and can be designed to deliver water to each plant individually or to a group of plants and trees. This system can increase the irrigation efficiency by nearly 90%, resulting in significant water savings over time.

Another innovative irrigation product that can help with water conservation is smart controllers from Rain Bird and DIG Corp, sold at Unison Supply – Lawn and Arborist Depot. These controllers use weather data and other factors, such as soil and plant types, to create an irrigation schedule optimized for each plant’s needs – because, remember, some plants require more or less water or specific factors that keep them healthy. This means that plants receive the right amount of water at the right time, reducing water waste and promoting healthy growth. Furthermore, the most intriguing aspect of this irrigation tool is that it can all be controlled through a phone app (available for both IOS and Android) through its Bluetooth capabilities.

In conclusion, California is facing significant challenges regarding water conservation, but innovative irrigation products are available that can help address these challenges. These irrigation tools and practices mentioned in this blog are just a few you can utilize to immediately get started in becoming efficient to ensure that California has a sustainable water supply for years.


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