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Drought gardening tips: Live irrigation demo

Drought gardening tips: Live irrigation demo

May 20, 2015 at 1:53 pm Comments are Disabled

If you’re like me, the thought of installing a drip irrigation system in your garden is akin to that dream where you realize you haven’t gone to algebra class all year and you need to show up today and take the final exam.

Los Angeles homeowners may be able to install small gray water recycling systems without permit fee

April 15, 2015 at 4:36 pm Comments are Disabled

LOS ANGELES — Residents who want to re-use their shower, bath and laundry water in their gardens or lawns would no longer need to pay permit fees to install select gray water recycling systems under a plan proposed April 15 by two Los Angeles City Council members. The city typicallyRead More

Smart water meters aimed at lawn-watering violators

Smart water meters aimed at lawn-watering violators

March 12, 2015 at 6:09 pm Comments are Disabled

The Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners voted Thursday to approve a “smart meter” program to help customers lower their water consumption — and target those who refuse to comply with conservation measures. Long Beach Water Department customers are currently allowed to irrigate lawns for 10 minutes two days aRead More

The drought is the best thing to ever happen to conservation innovation

The drought is the best thing to ever happen to conservation innovation

March 11, 2015 at 1:37 pm 1 comment

“Sometimes droughts can be good for business,” said Jeanine Jones, interstate resources manager with the state Department of Water Resources. “When I say that I get a lot of dirty looks,” she said to a group of water folks gathered at a drought conference Wednesday. “But when things are fine,Read More

Save water, money with ‘smart irrigation’ in the garden

Save water, money with ‘smart irrigation’ in the garden

February 26, 2015 at 2:59 pm Comments are Disabled

Jim Canyon was complaining to a cellphone designer friend about his lawn over beers. Given historically dry conditions, he couldn’t seem to get the watering schedule right. “You can’t put it on a timer,” the San Diego-based electromagnetic techie remembers saying. “You need a demand-based system.” Putting their technological backgroundsRead More

Why grey water systems are becoming more popular during drought

Why grey water systems are becoming more popular during drought

October 30, 2014 at 10:08 am Comments are Disabled

In the backyard of Penny Pengra’s Glendale home, there are no signs of the historic drought that has ravaged Southern California for the past three years. “My plants are crazy awesome,” says the 40-something who works in television, crediting her lush, green backyard oasis to the affordable, low-tech grey waterRead More

Despite drought, no water meters at more than 235,000 California homes and businesses

Despite drought, no water meters at more than 235,000 California homes and businesses

September 9, 2014 at 12:39 pm Comments are Disabled

FRESNO — Although California is locked in a third year of historic drought, many homeowners and businesses still don’t have meters telling them just how much water they are using. That’s changing, but some say it’s not fast enough. State law requires water meters by 2025, but the State WaterRead More

Wet meets Net in WaterSmart’s quest to turn water-meter data into conservation conversation

Wet meets Net in WaterSmart’s quest to turn water-meter data into conservation conversation

July 26, 2014 at 9:39 am Comments are Disabled

WaterSmart Software, a small startup in San Francisco, is working with local water districts in California and other states to transform water meter data into easy-to-understand home water reports that are mailed directly to homeowners or made accessible via the Web and mobile devices. And given the state’s ongoing drought,Read More

No soil needed for drought-friendly container gardens

No soil needed for drought-friendly container gardens

July 14, 2014 at 5:11 pm Comments are Disabled

Growing backyard fruits and vegetables used to mean clearing out a patch of land, preparing the soil, spending hours digging, planting, fertilizing, watering and then tending a garden for several months before reaping the reward of a crop. Some people love the work, the communing with nature; lucky ones alsoRead More

WaterSmart software for a more water-wise lifestyle

WaterSmart software for a more water-wise lifestyle

April 11, 2014 at 3:56 pm Comments are Disabled

The average single-family home in the East Bay Municipal Utility District used 135 gallons of water per person per day last year. But it’s hard to know just where that water went. Water meters are generally read every other month, and water districts don’t typically have great software capabilities toRead More