Artificial Grass Becomes More Attractive as California Ramps Up Water Restrictions


2014-01-23T19:25:06+00:00
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As California's drought is showing no signs of abating, officials have been forced to ramp up their water conservation efforts, which will bolster the artificial grass industry. Officials say that since we've entered a fourth drought year, the state of California needs to take the necessary steps to ensure that we'll have sufficient water resources if another drought year follows in 2016. Last year was a very lucrative year for the artificial grass industry and it looks like 2015 will be the same as more people turn to it as the best option in keeping their lawns beautiful without the excessive use of water.

Regulations by state officials are:

1. No vehicle washing without shot-off nozzles

2. No sidewalk and driveway washing

Artificial Grass Becomes More Attractive as California Ramps Up Water Restrictions

3. No backyard irrigation runoff

4. Restaurants are prohibited from serving water unless requested

5. Hotels must give guests option of forgoing daily linen washings

6. No watering lawns and gardens during storms and for 48 hours after storms

An interesting note is that the chairwoman of the state water board says that the state has been forced to create these new regulations because authorities of local water districts have been remiss on water use restriction.

The Los Angeles Metropolitan Water District already offers a turf replacement rebate which rewards homeowners $2 for every square foot of their yard that they replace with artificial grass. Some districts of Los Angeles County still discourage the use of artificial grass and others outright prohibit it. Homeowners associations, however, may be forced to allow it if drought conditions don't get better soon: In San Diego, for instance, a bill has been proposed which would force HOAs to allow artificial grass to be installed in their districts.

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Water sprinkler, car in water, California water fines

Despite the dry winter, California State Water Resources Control Board and cities representatives support the state water regulators in Sacramento to fine residents up to $500 per water violation. Orginal water rules were set on a temporary basis during the California drought 2014-2017 by Gov. Jerry Brown. Now, according to the water conservation portal, it will, most likely, become a permanent Califonia law.


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Despite the drought officially ended by Gov. Jerry Brown, Mediterranean climate in major parts of California remains the same. Water demands in warm, hot, dry summers and mild, moderately wet winters always exceed the water resources. A five-year drought raised concerns. It costs the state economy billions of dollars. It stressed forests and left more than 100 million dead trees behind. But the effects are far more deadly than anyone could imagine.


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California doesn't look green anymore. In the historic state of drought, Californian lawns are now on the edge of extinction. Homeowners and communities are continuously looking for alternatives and the artificial grass looks more and more attractive.


The "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart has his own idea of how to solve the California Drought issue.

"First, as you know, California goes through historic unprecedented dry spell. " - says Jon Stewart at Thursday's Daily Show. "We are talking about original movie ideas. BOOM! Take that Jurassic world. Hey, what if they build another dinosaur theme park, but this time things also went horribly wrong."


As a drought becomes a major concern in California, the idea of replacing old lawns with artificial grass becomes more and more attractive to home and business owners. In the interview with Ken Wayne, Fox News, San Francisco, Jim Luthi, the homeowner of Newark, confessed he has bit the bullet and replace the sod with artificial turf: "Thirty something years of having droughts on and off. "

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