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Southern California is among a limited number of places on earth with a Mediterranean climate. Seasonal rainfall results almost entirely from the procession of the westerly zone of frontal storms during the low-sun season. During the summer months, the subtropical high pressure zone dominates the seasonal weather and prevents rainfall by inhibiting rainstorms from forming.
Our enjoyment of this temperate climate and seasonal rainfall, however, comes at a cost. Recent growth in population and the subsequent demand for homes has created a strain on the natural resources of the region. State and local governments have responded with an increasingly restrictive series of laws and ordinances to protect the environment, conserve water resources, and limit the degradation of wild-land habitats.
THE WATER CONSERVATION ACT OF 2006 required all local governments to update their existing landscape ordinances to use water more efficiently.
Excerpt from the County of San Diego site:
"The Water Conservation Act of 2006 required all local governments to update their existing landscape ordinances to use water more efficiently.
San Diego County's previous ordinance required new commercial projects to create water budgets for their landscaping. The new ordinance will now require new residential construction to create landscape water budgets as well.
It will also ensure that new construction uses the latest irrigation technology to irrigate without wasting water like older, outdated methods and equipment."
The Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance was adopted and approved by most cities in California. Although each have similar regulations, each city or county has a specific approved ordinance.
To access the approved ordinance that is specific to a city or county in California Read more...
San Diego County and City governments have signed into law sweeping
changes in irrigation and drainage practices, restrictions in
water usage and reclamation, and new requirements for the review
and approvals process for new and remodeled sites. In most cases,
a Landscape Development Package (LDP) must be approved prior
to receiving a building permit.
The LDP generally requires the following:
And a subsequent Certificate of Completion which provides:
Further restrictions apply. The County of San Diego has prepared a Water Efficient Landscape Design Manual to aid in land use and planning development.
Excerpt from the County of San Diego's Landscape Ordinance and Water Efficient Landscape Design Manual Web page:
"The Water Efficient Landscape Design Manual explains how people can comply with the new ordinance and how to create beautiful landscapes while using water efficiently and protecting people and properties from wildfires. We've also included several links to find more information about a host of subjects, from water, to water-friendly plants and landscaping, to County regulations and guidelines."
On September 10, 2009, the State of California introduced the Assembly Bill AB 1881 - "Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance" which became the local ordinance by default. The regulatory action became effective immediately.
The ordinance provisions include:
A PDF of a slide presentation from the State of California Dept. of Water Resources
In response to drought conditions and a continuing water supply crisis, the City of San Diego has initiated incentives for both commercial and residential water customers to conserve water by offering rebates for smart controllers, micro-irrigation, and turf replacement.
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