In San Francisco, with rainfall records going back to 1850, the current dry spell threatens to break records that have existed since the gold rush days. These bone dry conditions coupled with record breaking temperatures have concerned Bay Area home owners wondering what’s next.
So are we in for another drought?
Though the winter is fairly young, Bay Area water managers are already taking precautionary measures to conserve water now in order to preserve last year’s reserves. Unfortunately, as we learned from recent drought years, these conservaton measures end up costing residents more money.
As dry conditions worsen, the environmental and water savings value of fake grass for Bay Area homeowners become increasingly apparent. According to the USGS, (United States Geological Survey), residential use of water is more than double that of all businesses throughout the San Francisco Bay Area’s nine counties. Landscape/turf irrigation is the main driver of this usage – representing 65% of residentual water consumption. In addition, the USGS also identifies lawn fertilizers and pesticides as a principle source for run off pollution for San Francisco Bay, creeks and urban lakes such as Lake Meritt.
The California Landscape Contractors Association predicted in 2008 that the cost of water would increase as much as 30% in three years’ time, an alarming forecast at the time. Unfortunately, the increases seen here in the Bay Area exceeded those predictions.
Clearly, water has become one of California’s most precious resources, which is why more and more San Francisco Bay Area home owners are installing artificial lawns.
If you are thinking about fake grass as an alternative to a sod lawn, you should have a representative of The Good Nature Company come to your home for a free consultation and show you the most natural looking synthetic grass available in the Bay Area today: onelawn®.
For more information, go to their website at www.onelawn.com or call their toll free number at 1-877-661 lawn (5296).