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COMING SOON TO A CITY NEAR YOU: CALIFORNIA DROUGHT

We’ve recently experienced some unusually hot winter weather in Southern California. From looking at the weather forecasts, more of the same is expected. It is very unlikely that we will see any rain or snow, which is typical at this time of the year. Unless this weather pattern changes dramatically and very soon, the Sierra Nevada snow pack, which feeds the state’s water supply, will surely spell trouble for those of us in California.

We are currently at a 30 percent snowpack and according to an article in The Mercury News, the last time the Sierra snow pack was this low was in 2015, with 25 percent. The positive mood brought on by last year’s above average rain and snow fall is quickly fading away as yet another drought looms near. One good rain season is not enough to secure our precious water supply. Most of our water travels hundreds if not thousands of miles to reach us. Taking those two facts into consideration, it is always important to practice water wise landscaping practices. If you have experienced municipal fines for watering your lawn or have paid increasingly higher water bills, you know that the California droughts can be taxing.

There are many water saving measures you can undertake for your home or business. Drought tolerant landscaping is one of them. Artificial grass and water wise plants are a great way to greatly reduce your water use, save money, and eliminate the need for maintenance or landscaping services. When done properly, it can look beautiful as well.

Installing pavers or concrete walkways and patios can further assist in saving water while adding durable beauty and value to your property. These types of hardscapes require little to zero maintenance as well, allowing for more personal time with your friends, family, and pets.

Be mindful of our erratic rain seasons and do your part in conserving water, even in record breaking seasons like 2017. As we well know today, who knows what the next year will bring.

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