It’s no secret that the state of California is currently experiencing one of the most severe and prolonged droughts on record.
With a dry spell that has lasted three years, now going on four, it’s no wonder that many Californian cities, towns and communities have begun to place restrictions on water usage and consumption.
The current dry spell is no laughing matter, and thankfully, the Rancho Santa Fe Irrigation District and community at large are doing their part to conserve as much water as possible.
As of now in Rancho Santa Fe, the Irrigation District has deemed the current stage of water restrictions a Level 2. This means that the main focus of Rancho Santa Fe’s water conservation efforts is to save irrigation water.
According to current restrictions, if your street address ends in an even number, you can only irrigate your landscape, which includes lawns, plants, etc, on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
If your address ends in an odd number, you can only irrigate your landscape on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Monitoring how much you water your lawn can save more water than most people would believe! 1,000 square feet of lawn requires about 35,000 gallons of potable water annually!
Given this fact, you can imagine how much reducing irrigation will help in terms of overall water usage. Though it may seem like you’re just one person, every person in every town across California conserving water will make a huge difference in the long run.
In order to enforce this commitment to saving water, the state of California has placed fines into effect for violations of your town’s water conservation rules.
If someone reports that you are wasting water, you will receive a letter of warning from the state. If a second violation is reported, you’ll be fined $100. For the third violation, it’s $200, and $500 for each violation afterwards.
Conserving water not only helps the state of California, but it’ll also be easier on your pocket if you comply with your local rules.
For those looking to move to Rancho Santa Fe but are scared by the irrigation regulations, don’t worry! There are some extremely simple ways to save irrigation water that won’t take much time or effort.
Irrigate your land area during the nighttime hours, such as after midnight until 6 or 7am, so that you minimize water loss due to evaporation. In addition, you might consider splitting up the portions of your landscape into sections, and irrigating them one at a time.
You can also install an automatic irrigation controller and adjust the timing as you please.
Different things work for different people, but what must remain constant is a joint effort on the part of every Rancho Santa Fe resident, future and current, and every Californian resident, for that matter, to conserve water.