Dale Baker put in his synthetic lawn years ago, although not because of the drought, he says it has helped save water and money.
Baker says, “since then we’ve noticed that there have been quite a few other people in the neighborhood that either put in synthetic lawn or used some other type of rock landscape”.
Monday Governor Brown issued an executive order making monthly water use reports permanent. He also banned what he calls wasteful water practices, like hosing off your driveways and sidewalks.
“Obviously if there were sprinklers running on this, it would just run off but since there is drip irrigation in there, with micro drips, it doesn’t run off at all”, says Chris Rolff. He says he loved his lawn, but just put in landscaping a week and a half ago.
Rolff says, “grass is very wasteful, we’re in a drought, we’re probably going to be in a drought for the long haul, water conservation is the key”.
The governor also wants to do away with the mandatory 25% percent statewide cuts. He says urban areas will now be on a sliding scale, depending on water supply and conditions.
Finally, he called for the State Water Board and the Department of Water Resources to start having statewide target goals.
“We have to use water efficiently in California, whether it’s raining, whether we’re not, what the governor is saying, get it together in a short but intense 7 month period complete with stake holder discussion and set an efficiency standards for indoor use, for outdoor use, for commercial and industrial use”, says Felicia Marcus, spokeswoman for he State Water Resources Board.
Farmers are also weighing in on this decision, Maunel Cunha is not happy about water he says is currently being wasted. He says, “they’ve sent out over a million acre feet, since late November, December, of 2015 and over the last 4 months, his staff at the state water board are sending water out through the delta”.
This is a part of Governor Browns goal to “Make conservation a california way of life”.