Large water rate increases are being adopted in many regions across the country. With water bills likely increasing in many regions around the country, it might be time to reevaluate your land scaping, and how this affects your water usage.
It’s been reported that residential areas use an estimated 60 percent of their total water intake on their landscaping alone, and businesses an estimated 40 percent. For the multifamily housing industry, increased water rates could translate into higher fees coming out of residents’ pockets, and if so, they will certainly have questions.
Some of the biggest questions will be about what property managers are doing to the landscape in order to save water, and money. Residents might complain that the grass is being watered too frequently or that sprinklers are applying too much water. Now, more than ever, it’s critical that you have a landscape contractor or maintenance technician that has a thorough understanding about water conserving products, knows how to install and maintain these types of materials, and overall, how to manage water effectively around the property.
Materials such as weather based controllers, water efficient irrigation products and water-efficient plant material are all products you can install around the landscape to conserve water. Professional irrigation water management is the key to keeping these materials working correctly and efficiently. Here’s a quick breakdown of some water conserving materials and techniques:
If your property hires outside landscapers to beautify the grounds, be sure you research the company, or look for contractors with certifications. With the recent rise in water rates and possibly more to come—it’s imperative to find a contractor that is not only affordable, but knowledgeable enough to save you money in the long run.
Paul Tilley is Vice President for Shasta Landscaping in San Diego, CA. Shasta Landscaping is a commercial landscape firm serving homeowners and apartment managers associations, property managers and various municipal facilities and government and state contracts. With the company for nine years, Tilley oversees construction operations, training programs and business development. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.