Drought Myths

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TRUTH: Uh, no. That’s like saying if you’re bankrupt, your first minimum-wage paycheck will solve all of your financial problems. read more
TRUTH: Per the state mandate, water conservation measures are in effect now and have been since the Action Plan was approved locally in the SCV on August 12, 2014
TRUTH: The water conservation measures don’t ration water, but they do limit certain types of water use. read more
TRUTH: Droughts are cyclic, so it may feel like we’re always going into or out of a drought. Because of this, water use efficiency and conservation should be a lifestyle. read more
TRUTH: While a 25 percent per capita reduction remains the overall goal, check with your water retailer to find your specific percent and the consequences for not reducing use – they vary by retailer.
TRUTH: Again, no. While the Action Plan does contain exemption provisions that could apply to a small minority of water users, they are not automatic, they would only allow exemption from the odd-even irrigation schedule provision. read more
TRUTH: While it’s useful to monitor your own water consumption, you will not be penalized later by reducing now.
TRUTH: No. You can water as much as you want until your landscape produces runoff. Then you will be in violation of a state mandated conservation measure and would be subject to written warnings and/or fines. read more
TRUTH: No, you are not exempt. If you have a smart controller and allow your controller to water every day, you need to change the days you water to abide by the watering schedule. read more
TRUTH: Succulents work for some micro-climates in Santa Clarita; however, with our hot summers succulents can get sunburned and with our cold winters, they can eventually freeze. . read more
TRUTH: While replacing your lawn with artificial turf may reduce your water usage, it won’t eliminate it completely. read more
TRUTH: Existing pools do not use as much water as a lawn of the same size.. read more
TRUTH: Your tap water is tested in our lab 450 times a day to make sure it meets or exceeds EPA standards for water quality. The EPA standards for tap water are actually higher than the FDA standards for bottled water.
Truth: First, there is the cost to consider. The initial cost of building the plants is one factor. In addition, desalination plants remove salt from millions of gallons of water each day. read more
Truth: Water conservation is important, and any effort to make lifestyle changes to conserve is beneficial. read more
Truth: Yes, the environment uses the largest share of California’s water with 50 percent going to everything from maintaining wetlands to vital Delta outflow. read more
Truth: Yes and No. When farmers face higher prices due to drought conditions, retail prices rise only slightly. read more
Truth: The water tables are dropping so the supply is not infinite. Right now, some 70 to 80 percent of lost surface water in California is being made up by pumping ground water. read more
Truth: We’ve said it before and we will say it again, we need several years of heavy rain, not just one, to replenish surface supplies and recharge groundwater aquifers.
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Truth: Of the water available, roughly 40 percent goes to farmers, 10 percent to urban uses and 50 percent environmental uses such as rivers, lakes, wetlands and refuges. read more
Truth:In Southern California, fall is the best time to plant. It’s a mild season, usually with ample rainfall, and will allow plants to become established before hot summers.
TRUTH: Actually, artificial turf measurements are typically more than your actual lawn square footage. Think of it as a giant carpet. The installer must measure the turf to fit the entire space, which means they are measuring for more artificial turf than you will need.
TRUTH: We might think the logical thing to do in a drought is to turn off the sprinklers and just let the lawn die, but it isn’t the best thing to do. read more
TRUTH: Trees are a vital part of our ecosystem and aid in water conservation and energy conservation. If not watered, a tree can become stressed and once stressed they are difficult to save. read more
Truth: Once established (approximately 6 months or so depending upon the season), drought-tolerant plants need minimal watering, but they do need to be watered. read more
TRUTH: You should follow the watering schedule set by your local water retailer, but that being said, in the cooler, wetter winter weather, you may be able to completely turn off your sprinkler system for a month or more and rely on the rain to irrigate for you.

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