Archive for Fines for Wasting Water

No More HOA Fines for Dying Vegetation During Drought

According to an article written by Hector Gonzalez and published in the Signal newspaper, our local government and homeowner associations can no longer impose fines on residents for dying vegetation during the drought. This measure was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown and goes into effect beginning Monday, August 4, 2014. It applies to all local HOA’s in Santa Clarita Valley and all of California! As long as we’re in this declared emergency drought condition, the measure will continue to stay in effect! Residents living in HOA neighborhoods must still keep the outside of their homes maintained as always, but if the grass and shrubs start dying, residents cannot be penalized.

Although the new measures and regulations are absolutely necessary, none of us want to see our lawns and gardens die. It will be a sad day for us all when we return home from a long day at work only see all our landscaping dead from lack of water. We’re not saying that’s going to happen, but it could. This drought is serious business and if it continues, so must we reduce our water consumption. If that eventually results in dead lawns and shrubs, so be it. Here’s an interesting way to grow a garden without using near as much water. To check out this Aquaponics solution Click Here!.

Looking Back Drought Related Actions

  • As we previously reported, the State of California requested residents to voluntarily cut back their water use by 20% beginning in May of 2014.
  • Unfortunately, residents responded by using 1% more water than was used in May of 2014! Obviously us residents didn’t take the request seriously.
  • Responding to resident complaints, Governor Brown had to apply some real pressure in the way of penalties for wasting water.
  • Some Residents complained their water saving efforts were hampered by their HOA’s by fining them for dying lawns and shrubs.
  • As written in this post, Governor Brown signs measure preventing HOA’s and Local Government from fining residents for dying lawns and shrubs.

As we’ve previously posted, this is the worst drought in California in more than 40 years and it has reached emergency proportions. Unfortunately, we’re also smack in the middle of another very hot southern California summer, but then, when it’s comes to a serious drought, the timing is never good! No one can accurately predict the future, but I’d bet my green lawn the drought is going to get worse before it gets better, so we all better start doing our part by¬† saving water before there’s none left!

Water Saving Challenge

On behalf of, I challenge residents to cut back on their water by 50%, instead of the 20% our government is shooting for. Personally, I’m cutting my irrigation water in half, and if things turn brown, too bad! At least I know my HOA can’t penalize me and I’d rather be drinking water myself than watering my plants.

We hope you found this article helpful and we invite comments to hear of what you are doing to save water. Please comment below about this article, No More HOA Fines for Dying Vegetation During Drought.

Time to Get Serious About Saving Water in Santa Clarita

Well folks, it’s finally time to get serious about the saving water in Santa Clarita, and all of California! First, we were asked to voluntarily cut back our water usage by 20%, but apparently residents completely ignored the request! After the voluntary request was made, it was discovered we used 1% more water this May than we did last May! Because we failed to do our part, California Water Regulators voted to approve fines of up to $500 a day for water wasting residents! Yes, this includes you! It’s not just our neighbors, but each one of us must abide by these new regulations. Come on now… we all need to get very serious about this and do our part to save water in Santa Clarita and the entire State of California!

Here’s how the fines will work and some tips for compliance:

  • When watering landscape, make sure water is not running off and flowing onto the sidewalk. This is going to be a little tricky because it can be difficult to adjust irrigation sprinklers and timing so we don’t overwater. Still, we must take the time to get this right!
  • When washing a vehicle you must use a hose with a nozzle. Just take your car to the car wash. You can get the exterior done very inexpensively and there are always coupons available.
  • No hosing off driveways or sidewalks – Every heard of using a broom? How about a blower?

Here are some water saving tips for Santa Clarita residents

Helpful Tips for Saving Water in Your Home

We’re sure these rules are just the beginning and as concerned residents, we need to do much more to save 20%. The longer this drought goes, the worse things will get and the more water we will have to save. We wouldn’t be surprised if a time will come we may have to quit watering our landscaping completely! Let’s hope not, but it is possible!

We recently read a post with some great tips for saving water and one good one was to cut your shower water while lathering up with soap. Yeah, most of us love a nice long shower, but it won’t hurt us a bit to take shorter showers and cut the water while we lather up! You will be amazed at how much water is used for one shower!

We hope you found this post helpful and agree, it’s time to get serious about saving water in Santa Clarita.